Once you’ve laid the foundation, create a festive place setting. Jenny’s seven-layer place setting formula works for “any occasion this summer,” she says.
To recreate her seven-layer place setting, start with one or two chargers as anchors. Then layer in a large hobnail plate with a melamine or ceramic plate on top. Then Jenny suggests layering in a seasonal dish towel in place of a napkin. “I consistently use dish towels as napkins…layering [them] in between dishware so it drapes off the center of the setting,” she explains. Finally, add a coordinating salad plate and a small dish, bowl or bread plate and a name card or seasonal accessory.