Enjoy creating a hospitable gathering place for friends, family, and guests. Read on to learn a few ways to set the perfect table for any occasion.
Charming, Informal Dining
Lay your tablecloth or placemats down. Then, place the dinner plates on the table, each centered in front of a chair.
Place the folded napkins on top of or to the left of the plates. Place the forks to the left of the plates, which might be on top of the napkins.
Put the knives on the right side of the plates, with the blades facing the plates. Then, put the spoons next to the knives.
Next, place a water glass above and to the right of each plate. The glasses should be a few inches above the gap between the plates and the knives.
This is the basic table setting. If you’re using bread plates, place each bread plate on the top left, a few inches above the fork. Put the butter knives on the bread plates, angled diagonally with the handles pointing toward the guests’ seats.
Casual Chic Dining
You can use a casual chic table setting for dinner parties, holidays, and other special events. This style builds on the informal table setting.
Place the tablecloth, placemats, dinner plates, and folded napkins in the same way as previously stated. Place the large dinner forks to the left, closest to the plates. Put the smaller salad forks on the other side of the dinner forks.
Lay the knives to the right of the plates with the blades facing the plates. Put the teaspoons on the other side of the knives and the soup spoons beside the teaspoons. Place the water glasses and wine glasses a few inches above the knives and spoons.
If you want to use salad plates, put them to the left of the forks. Situate the bread plates and butter knives above the top left of the main plates, like the basic table setting.
For formal dining, lay out a tablecloth. Then, place a charger or service plate on the table in front of each chair.
Next, place the folded napkins on top of the plates. Put forks to the left of the plates; from closest to furthest from each charger, place the salad fork, dinner fork, and fish fork.
Place the dinner knives closest to the chargers on the right side. Then put the fish knives, if needed, on the other side of the dinner knives. Place the soup spoons beside the fish knives and oyster forks to the right of the soup spoons.
Put glasses a few inches above the chargers and dinner knives; place the water goblets, wine glasses, and champagne flutes from left to right. Put the bread plates and bread knives to the top left of the forks.
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