Proper Table Setting
With the upcoming spring holidays, I thought I’d share about how to properly set a table. Perhaps you need a reminder of where the cutlery should be placed around the tableware. With our casual lifestyles it’s easy to forget how a proper set table should look. Here’s a refresher showing how to set a table. If your hosting a holiday dinner or you just want to throw a spring garden party this information will be helpful.
FORMAL TABLE SETTING:
Dessert spoon can be placed above the plate (facing left) with the dessert fork – with the tines pointing right
Salad bowl or dish can be placed to the left with bread plate above fork
Glass above the knife – glasses to be used first go on the outside – glasses line up from the first one
INFORMAL TABLE SETTING:
BREAKFAST TABLE SETTING:
Remember…Left for eating, Right for Drinking. Start at the outside and work in.
It depends on your preference and there are many folding variations that can be created. There are napkin folding books that can teach you how. As a default, the napkin can be placed in the water glass, folded on the dinner plate, or beside the flatware on the left. You may not want to use all of the tableware pieces shown in the above diagrams, they are optional and it also depends on what you are serving.
I have a napkin folding book and I like to put my creation on top of the plate.
There are so many decorative and fun napkin rings that can adorn a folded napkin if you’re not up to learning the napkin folds.
If you’re going to be serving buffet style (I serve buffet style a lot) the plates are not put on the table. They are piled on the buffet serving table. Put the napkin in the center (where the plate would otherwise go).
Easter Table Setting
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Modern Table Setting
Simplistic Table Setting
Tea Party Table Setting
Dinner for Two Table Setting
Natural Table Setting
Outdoor / Casual Table Setting
Creating a beautiful table setting doesn’t have to be difficult nor do you need to have fancy expensive tableware or silverware.
Creativity is “key” to a pretty place setting.
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