How To: Setting a Table |

How To: Setting a Table |

Setting the table is often a hurried task that leaves family members wondering about the correct placement of the flatware, plates, napkins and glassware.

You don't have to add stress to your dinner plans, just start with a basic table setting to dress up your dinner table and set the mood for your dinner party or gathering.

You can usually start with a Basic Setting. As your need for more formal table settings arises, you can add more pieces to this Basic Setting by bringing additional plates, silverware, glasses and other serving pieces to the table.

Basic Setting

This is appropriate for most occasions, and you just add to the basic pieces as needed. The dinner plate is positioned in the centre of the place setting and everything else is placed around it. Then, the flatware is arranged around the plate in the order in which it will be used:

To the left of the plate is the fork.

To the right of the plate is the knife and spoon. The knife is placed to the right of the plate with the sharp edge toward the plate. To the right of the knife is the spoon.

A water glass goes above the knife.

Napkins can be placed under the forks or on the plate for an informal setting.

Informal Dinner or Luncheon

Simply start with a Basic Setting and add to it.

If a salad is to be served, the salad fork is placed to the left of the dinner fork. Eliminate the salad fork if no salad is served or place it to the right of the dinner fork to use as a dessert fork if appropriate. (The dessert fork can also be brought to the table when dessert is served.)

If soup is served, set the bowl on the plate and a soup spoon to the right of the beverage spoon.

Salad or bread and butter plates go to the left of the forks. Position butter plates above the forks with the butter spreader placed across the plate.

Cup and saucer go above the spoons with the handle toward the right. Wine or water glasses can be positioned to the left of the coffee cup.

Formal Dinner

Begin with the setting for an informal dinner or luncheon and add to it using the following guidelines.

White and red wine glasses (if necessary) along with the water glasses are positioned to the left of the coffee cup.

The beverage, soup and/or dessert spoons are to the right of the knife or can be brought to the table when soup or dessert is served.

To dress it up more, place a charger under the dinner plate. For information about chargers, click here.

With Partytrends, you can use different colours, plate sizes, plate styles, and more to create the perfect setting for your party. Contact us for additional information about place-settings and themes.