Setting the table and proper etiquette is an important consideration and varies depending on the type of entertaining you will be doing, the type of food you like to serve, and how formal you plan on being. There is not really one right answer when it comes to how to set a table because what you are having for dinner and how the courses will be served changes what you will need to present. In order to sort this out, it is important to start with the basics. Here are a few photos of proper table settings ranging from the very basic to more formal settings involving several courses.
Basic table setting
Semi Formal (Standard place setting)
Formal setting with Soup, bread plate, coffee service and dessert