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Set the Table at Home and at Your Reception

Table-setting etiquette for any occasion

At home or at your reception, proper table setting can make an impact, regardless of the formality of your event. We perused the websites of experts on etiquette and style—Emily Post and Martha Stewart—to guide us in setting a place for a formal dinner and a more casual one. We turned to David Kneal, a visual designer at Macy’s at Easton, for style guidance … and he didn’t disappoint. Bonus: All of these items can be added to your Macy’s registry.

Formal Setting

The central setting typically includes a charger and a dinner plate. Here, Kneal has paired them with a placemat and a salad plate, topped with a napkin and a coaster that’s been repurposed as a napkin ring. Chilewich Pressed Dahlia placemat in Brushed Gold, $14; charger from the Corelle Gilded Woods set (see Page 122); kate spade new york Library Lane dinner plate, $36; kate spade new york Library Lane navy 9-inch accent plate, $35; kate spade new york Larabee Dot navy napkin, $8; napkin ring from Thirstystone four-piece gold-tone Moroccan coaster set, $33

The bread and butter plate is placed above and to the left of the main service area. Kneal added a charger to accent it, but this could double as a dessert plate as well. kate spade new york Larabee Road gold bone china salad plate, $26; Wedgwood Byzance Collection bread and butter plate, $30

The old silverware adage about starting on the outside and working in is true. Forks always go on the left, salad fork outside of the dinner fork, with the knife immediately to the right of the plate. (The knife’s edge should always face the plate.) We’ve placed the dessert spoon next to it, followed by a soup spoon. kate spade new york Larabee Dot five-piece gold flatware, $90

Wine glasses go above the cutlery on the right. Exact placement varies based on the food and wine pairings you’ll serve, but generally, set the water goblet on the far left, with white wine, red wine and champagne glasses following in the order they’ll be used. kate spade new york Pearl Place Collection glasses, $40-$45 each

Casual Setting

Opting for a heavy dinner plate as a charger keeps a casual, yet polished, feel; placing a linen napkin between it and the actual dinner plate reinforces the vibe, while a whimsical design on the dinner and salad plates complement it. Charger from the Vera Wang Wedgwood Vera Color gray 16-piece dinnerware set (service for four), $150; dinner and salad plates from the Market Street New York by Corelle Gilded Woods five-piece round place setting, $100; Hotel Collection linen two-piece modern gray napkins, $25

Kneal dropped the bread and butter plate for a communal serving tray, in an homage to family-style dining. Thirstystone marble and wood long oval board, $67

Just because we’re more casual doesn’t mean order goes out the window. This soft matte black silverware is at once elegant and fun. Hotel Collection 20-piece black flatware set, $200

Removing a few wine glasses instantly makes a table feel less stuffy. We chose a water goblet and an all-purpose wine glass that could carry a red or a white. Waterford Ballet Ribbon Essence water goblet and white wine glass, $80 each

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You Can Have Eggs Benedict and French Toast All Day at the New Eddie’s Diner in Plano

This cozy diner on a quiet strip off Parker and Preston roads is a family affair. The owners are a husband-and-wife team, and not only is the restaurant named after their 17-year-old son, but the pair also comes from a line of successful restaurateurs.

“I grew up in this. My dad did this for 50 years, and it’s just what our family does,” says owner Lydia Miftari, who is originally from the Chicago area and has owned three other restaurants outside Texas. Lydia’s brother owns the Frisco Diner off the Dallas North Tollway and Main Street in Frisco.

At Eddie’s, the menu is extensive, but it hits all the comforts of a classic homemade breakfast, with everything from omelets and Benedicts to French toast and pancakes. There are also Eddie’s signature skillets, which are breakfast bowls filled to the brim with hash browns and topped with two eggs cooked to order. The Porky Pig Skillet, for example, appears to be a delectable tableau of ham, sausage, bacon, cheddar and sausage gravy.

The B.A.T. Bennie is one of the most popular dishes for a reason.EXPAND

The most popular dish, as suggested by the staff, is the B.A.T. Bennie: bacon, avocado and tomato stacked high on a fluffy English muffin and comfortably coated in a Hollandaise sauce that won’t weigh you down for the rest of the day. It’s a fresh take on a decadent classic and definitely earns its keep in the high ranks of Eddie’s menu. There’s also a lunch spread featuring the diner usuals: burgers, sandwiches, salads and soups of the day. Miftari’s husband, Bekim, leads the kitchen.

“I want my customers to feel like they’re sitting in my kitchen at my house,” Miftari said. “The diner concept is classic America; that’s what we’re all about. That’s what our food is about.”

The restaurant’s mantra is “making memories over meals.” It’s written right on the front page of the menu, and that’s exactly what Eddie’s strives to do. On the restaurant’s Facebook page, Miftari writes about her fondest memories in her family’s restaurant, watching her father befriend just about everyone who walked through the door and making people feel welcome and at home. With that enduring foundation in family and community, Eddie’s has something for just about everyone. And it’s all topped off with attentive service from a kind and doting waitstaff that’s eager to chat and refill your cup of always-hot coffee.

Homey Americana vibes fill Eddie's Diner in Plano.EXPAND

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It’s easy to see how much of an impression Eddie’s has made on the area after just over a month. Nearly all of the 18 or so tables are full before noon on a Thursday, and there’s a constant stream of families, friends and co-workers by lunch. Miftari said it’s this busy almost every day.

Eddie’s serves its hearty breakfast menu every day from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. — a schedule that allows the owner to spend more time with their son, who will be graduating from high school next year.

Eddie’s Diner, 4709 W. Parker Road, Plano

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