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Photo: Oksana Shufrych (Shutterstock) The biggest eating holiday of the year is upon us. You’ve brainstormed the menu, shopped for sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts, and thawed the turkey. ( You have thawed the turkey, right ?) With all the fanfare and preparation around the main event, it’s easy to give short shrift to the canvas that will display the bounty: your table. (It can also be intimidating if you didn’t grow up around formal dining functions—which is most of us.) Here’s how to make your dining room table as elegant as the meal you’ve prepared. The art of utensil placement Most of us know that forks are placed to the left of the plate, and spoons and knives go to the right. It’s when the quantity of said utensils increases, so does our confusion. But, as etiquette consultant Pamela Hillings told Martha Stewart , “Table setting is based on logic.” It wouldn’t make sense to have unused utensils hanging out three inches away from our plate mid-meal. Which is why flatware is placed in order of use from outside in; flatware farthest from the plate is used first, while what’s closest to the plate is used last. On the left side of the plate you have, in order from left to right: fish fork, salad fork, dinner fork. (Note: In Europe, salad is often eaten after the main course, which is why you sometimes may see the salad fork set closest to the plate. Feel free to do […]