The Proper Table Setting Guide

The Proper Table Setting Guide

Milena Kukurekovic

The way you set your table speaks volumes about your overall personality. Whether it is an informal or formal event, you must follow the appropriate etiquette guidelines. Believe it or not, your guests will notice how you serve the dishes on the table.

Especially for a festive occasion, you must ensure everything is set up correctly. Also, the mood of your guests depends on how they are served and their appetite. Serving dishes is the beginning of setting the table, followed by decoration. If everything is thrown on it, the decoration will not look nice either. It doesn't need a lot of fat like decoration, just follow the basic instructions. And then, when you're done, indulge in fat and creativity in decorating. 

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Dinnerware Place Setting

The dinner plate is the first thing set on the table, along with a folded napkin. Next, the flatware needs to be placed in a proper setting. Finally, the dinner fork is always placed on the left of the plate because it's used in the main course.

The salad fork, which is smaller in size compared to the dinner fork, is placed to the left of the dinner fork. The napkin can be placed either on the plate, underneath the forks, or to the left of the forks.

The dinner knife is placed on the right side of your dinner plate, with the blade facing inward. If you have meat in the main course, the dinner knife will be replaced with the steak knife.

The spoon is always placed to the right of the dinner knife. If the soup is served first, the soup spoon will be placed on the extreme right of the dinner knife. The dessert spoon or teaspoon goes next to the dinner knife.

Plastic dinnerware sets are preferred for parties because they're easy to handle and can be disposed of after the event.

Any type of drinkware is placed on the top-right of the dinner plate. To make serving more elegant, we offer stylish plastic drinkware that will give your table a premium look. The salad plate is placed on the top-left side of your dinner plate. In an informal setting, the salad plate can be omitted, but it is recommended to place a separate salad plate.

In formal settings, fancy charger plates are placed underneath the dinner plate. The dinner plates aren't placed without a charger plate. The charger plate is also known as a buffet plate, service plate, or cover plate. 

Everything else goes precisely in the same manner as mentioned above. The charger plate is in the center, the dinner plate is on the charger plate, forks are on the left, and knife and spoons are placed on the right. The drinkware goes on the top right, the salad plates or a bread plate on the top left with a butter knife or a spreader placed diagonally on the edge of the plate – this is how you correctly set up your table placement. Now, hurry up, call all your friends over to dinner, and set the spectacular dining table! 

Placing Flatware Properly

There's a general rule of thumb that your dinnerware items must be placed in such an order that the utensils used first should be placed near the dinner plate in an outside-in position. So, for example, the forks should go on the left of the dinner plate, while the spoons and knife should be placed on the right.

This type of setting is quite common and acceptable, whether it's a formal or an informal event.

How to arrange the cutlery for the main course?

Whether dealing with family silver that we remember from childhood or practical and modern cutlery (made of metal or plastic), before you put them on the table, wipe them with a cotton cloth or clean them if they get dirty.

Remember that when celebrating a slightly more formal party or larger family gatherings, all cutlery should come from one set (possibly from several different ones with a similar look). The number of sets should be adjusted to the number of guests.

How to arrange cutlery for dessert?

Dessert units should not be missing on a perfectly arranged table. Their place is above the dinner plate - a cake fork under a spoon ( for ice cream) of a similar size. Aim the fork handle on the left and the spoon on the right. After eating the main course, dessert plates should be on the table.

Fruit Dinnerware

Special forks and a knife are intended for fruit. They are smaller than desserts. In this case, the fork has two teeth, and the tip of the fruit knife is pointed. The fruit can be served on a large, oval, or round plate, in a set with smaller plates, or on a plate on levels. Also, it can be served in glasses, depending on what kind of dessert you make with fruit.

Tea Dinnerware Sets Range

It is a teaspoon, a tusk for sugar, often with a knife and a fork for a lemon. Among the features, we notice small dimensions, the presence of a fork with two teeth, and a unique blade like a knife. Of course, the set also includes a cookie plate with smaller plates. Everything must be in the shades of other dishes. For small cakes, smaller napkins in the color of plates are placed, which are now on the market in various designs.

 Some Useful Tips & Trick

White tablecloth, elegant cutlery, shine cutlery. The festively set the table hides extraordinary strength and is an ideal introduction to the consumption of delicious dishes. What can we do to ensure that the distribution of dishes and their subsequent consumption flows smoothly and in a pleasant, undisturbed atmosphere? First, let's take care of the appropriate table setting. Then, on the table, present a mini-guide on the layout of cutlery. Each of the elements must be in place. This will increase the importance of the meal and allow you to freely enjoy the moment with your loved ones.


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