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Learn How to Set a Table for Three Types of Dinners

Learn How to Set a Table for Three Types of Dinners

Not sure which side of the plate the spoon goes on or what food you should be eating with that little fork? You’re not alone!

Properly setting a table used to be something everyone learned, but thanks to fast food and casual dining the younger generations are not being taught.

That’s all okay; however, a situation may arise where you need to know how to set a table (or at least know how to eat at a set table).

Depending on how formal the dinner is, there are three types of table settings: basic, casual and formal.

 

Basic Everyday Dinner

This basic table setting is ideal for nightly dinners or very casual get-togethers. All you need for this table setting is a placemat, a fork, a knife, a spoon, a dinner plate, a glass and a dinner napkin.

Step 1: First, lay the placemat down on the table so it is centered with the chair.

Step 2: In the middle of the placemat, set the dinner plate.

Step 3: To the left of the plate, lay down the napkin and place the fork centered on top of the napkin.

Step 4: To the right of the plate, place the knife and spoon. The knife should be closest to the plate with the spoon to its right. Be sure that the knife and spoon is lined up evenly with the fork.

Step 5: Place the water glass to the top right of the plate above the knife.

 

Casual Dinner

Having a few friends over for dinner? Then, this is the table setting for you! The casual dinner table setting is what you’ll see at most restaurants.

Step 1: Lay down a placemat centered on the table in front of the chair.

Step 2: In the middle of the placemat, set the dinner plate.

Step 3: To the left of the plate, place the fork. If a salad is part of your menu, be sure to include a salad fork. Place the salad fork to the left of the dinner fork.

Step 4: To the right of the plate, place the knife and spoon. The knife should be closest to the plate with the spoon to its right. The cutting edge of the knife should be placed toward the plate. Also, be sure that the knife and spoon should be lined up evenly with the fork.

Step 5: Place the water glass to the top right of the plate above the knife.

Step 6: Place the wine glass to the right of the water glass.

Step 7. If the napkin is aesthetically folded, place it on top of the dinner plate. If not, place the napkin under the forks.

 

Formal Dinner

This type of table setting is used for more formal events, such as a large dinner party, holiday or wedding.

Step 1: Lay a tablecloth over the table.

Step 2: Place the dinner plate in the middle of the setting.

Step 3: Place a salad plate on top of the dinner place.

Step 4: Place a small plate for bread in the top left corner above the plate and place a butter knife across it.

Step 5: To the left of the plate, place the dinner fork and salad fork. The dinner fork should be closest to the plate.

Step 6: To the right of the plate, place the knife and spoon. The knife should be closest to the plate with the spoon to its right. The cutting edge of the knife should be placed toward the plate. Also, be sure that the knife and spoon should be lined up evenly with the fork.

Step 7: Place a dessert spoon above the dinner plate. This spoon should be laid horizontally.

Step 8: Place the water glass to the top right of the plate above the knife.

Step 9: Place the wine glass to the right of the water glass.

Step 10: Fold the napkin (Try one of these fancy folding techniques) and place it on the salad plate.

Step 11: Above the dessert spoon, set the place card with the guest’s name on it.

Step 12: Place a coffee cup on a saucer and set it below the glasses and to the right of the spoon.