Table Setting 101

By: Mr. Food
By: Mr. Food

Table Setting 101
Air Date: 10/9/2007

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Years ago, mealtimes spent around the table were the norm but, today, meals are often eaten on the run, and that's why so many people don't know how to set a proper table! Along with that often comes the clueless feeling of not knowing which utensils to use when sitting down to a formal meal.

Here are a few tips for bringing back the lost art of table setting:

Center stage, as we know, is our dinner plate (that's the easy part). .

For our utensils, we work our way from the outside in, in the order in which we'll be eating our meal, so that makes it easy to figure out which utensil to use next.

We place the salad and dinner forks to the left of our dinner plate, with the one being used first on the outside.

To the right of the dinner plate goes our knife, blade in (toward the plate), of course, then the spoons on the outside, again, with the first one to be used placed on the outside.

As for our napkin, it can be placed on the dinner plate with or without a napkin ring, or folded under our forks.

If we are using a bread-and-butter plate, it should be placed to the left of the forks, and the water and/or wine glass should be placed above the knife and spoon.

Setting a table is really just common sense, and now, whether you're home, at someone else's house or a restaurant or fancy event, you'll know the basics - and never be embarrassed. All that's left to do is enjoy the...


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