Entertaining 911

Q. I’m hosting the family holiday dinner this year, but don’t have enough place settings of china. Any suggestions?

Don’t be afraid to mix and match plates, serving pieces, and silverware. You can create a look by using all white plates, even if they don’t match exactly. Vintage china patterns lend themselves to mixing, so if you’ve inherited several different place settings, combine them for a charming, eclectic look. Ask your sister or a best friend if you can borrow their china for the occasion, and renting is also an option.

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