Are You Setting Your Table Correctly?

Leigh Crandall
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Are You Setting Your Table Correctly?
Are You Setting Your Table Correctly?

From Country Living

Knowing how to set a table is a skill you'll use for years to come, whether you're hosting friends for a dinner party or family for a big holiday dinner. Understanding where each item should be placed on a table not only helps with flow, it's also important for best displaying the beautiful linens, cutlery, china, and glassware you've taken the time to collect and curate. Once you've got a handle on the basics, you can also start to play around with them (checkout these fun napkin folding ideas) and focus on other parts of setting the scene, like centerpieces, festive music, or kids' activities.

While place settings can get super formal (just picture a dinner scene from The Crown), we think mastering the informal place setting is a great way to begin and will get you squared away for most occasions.

Photo credit: Country Living
Photo credit: Country Living

Here's how to set a table and create a beautiful place setting in five easy steps:

  1. Place a dinner plate in the center of each place setting. If you're serving salad, place a salad plate on top of the dinner plate.

  2. Place a folded napkin to the left of the dinner plate.

  3. Place forks on top of the napkin, with the salad fork on the outside and the dinner fork on the inside, closest to the plate.

  4. Place a knife and spoon to the right of the plate, with the spoon on the outside and the knife on the inside, closest to the plate. Be sure the blade of the knife is turned toward the plate.

  5. Set the water glass in the top right corner, just above the knife. If you're serving wine, place the wine glass to the right of the water glass.

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