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Setting the Table

... a quick guide to formal tableware presentation

Posting date: 14th May 2007 15:45

The following guidelines are a quick refresher course on how to create the perfect table for you and your guests.

Top Row From Left to Right

  • Bread plate with butter knife (top left of dinner plate)
  • Coffee cup (top right of dinner plate)
  • Water glass
  • Wine glass
  • Liqueur glass

Bottom Row From Left to Right

  • Salad fork
  • Dinner fork
  • Dessert fork
  • Dinner plate with salad or soup bowl on it
  • Knife
  • Small spoon
  • Soup spoon

There many ways to creatively fold a napkin, and the proper placement of the napkin varies according to your preference. Some common napkin placements include folded on the dinner plate, in the water glass, or beside the flatware on the left. Depending on what is being served, some of the listed tableware may not be needed.

Beautiful place settings are more a function of your imagination and creativity than having expensive tableware or silverware. It is possible to create a great look without spending a lot of money or time.

With thanks to The Kitchen Cutlery Guidet

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