Proper Table Setting For Dinner
The large dinner plate may be brought in either bearing a portion of food or empty if food is to be served at the table.
Proper table setting for dinner. To the left of the plate place the folded napkin down and put the fork on top. To the right of the plate place the knife closest to the plate blade pointing in. White and red wine glasses if necessary along with the water glasses are positioned to the left of the coffee cup. A proper silverware setting follows one simple rule no matter how formal or relaxed the event.
We do not want to intimidate guests by being too formal yet some rules do apply. Don t put out utensils that won t ever be used. Use a decorative napkin or a cloth napkin instead of a paper napkin and place it under the fork. To eliminate fingerprints on the handle hold flatware by the waist the area between the handle and.
To the right of the plate the knife for the first course is the farthest to the right. To avoid hiding a utensil under the rim of a plate or bowl lay it approximately one 1 inch away from the plate s side. Lay the placemat on the table. Set the silverware on the table in the order it will be used from the outside in.
General table setting guidelines. The beverage soup and or dessert spoons are to the right of the knife or can be. This table setting shows you how to properly set a table with perfect etiquette for large get togethers with friends or meals with more than one course. Start with the basic table setting then you add the extras.
The fork for the first course is the one farthest to the left. Put the dinner plate in the middle of the placemat. Setting the table for the main course. Put the placemat on the table.
A salad fork is optional but if you choose to use it it should go on the left of the plate outside the dinner fork. To set a casual table you ll need a place mat dinner plates soup bowls salad plates napkins dinner forks knives soup spoons water glasses and wine glasses. Adjust it as necessary to fit your menu. Course two has been cleared leaving the table set for the main course.
Begin with the setting for an informal dinner or luncheon and add to it using the following ideas. Start with a dinner plate then place a salad plate or soup bowl or both on top. Lay the napkin to the left of the plate. Place the water glass.
From left to right salad fork dinner fork dessert fork dinner plate with salad or soup bowl on it knife can add a butter knife soup spoon small spoon. Place the spoon to the right of the. Place the fork on the napkin. In either case the plate should be preheated unless the main course is served cold.