Maximum Living Tips for Setting the Perfect Table
The Holidays are here and you are going to be entertaining. And if you’re not used to setting the table frequently for such events it can become a frustrating guessing game. So I am going to lay it out for you in a way you will always remember.
First you want to place the dinner plate directly in front of the chair approximately 1” in from the edge of the table. Draw an imaginary line through the center of the dinner plate. To the right of this imaginary line all of the following will be placed; glassware, cup and saucer, knives and spoons as well as a seafood fork if the meal includes seafood. To the left of this imaginary line all of the following will be placed; bread and butter plate (including small butter knife place horizontally across the top of the plate, salad plate, napkin and forks). Here is the Rule to Remember: “liquids on your right” and “solids on your left.
So here is the set up piece by piece. Dinner plates on inch from the edge of the table. If there is a pattern in the middle of the plate, make sure that it is right side. Place the knife on the right side of the plate, blade inward, and handle end of knife at the bottom. Make sure that the knife is not underneath the plate. The tablespoon is placed next to the knife, also one inch from the bottom of the table. The fork is placed on the left side of the dinner plate one inch from the edge of the table making sure it is also next to the plate verses underneath the plate. The napkin is folded in half and placed next to the fork with the crease farthest away from the fork. The glass is placed directly above the knife approximately one inch.
If other silverware is needed for salad, soup, or dessert, place the spoons next to the spoons and forks next to the forks. Silverware is placed in order of what is to be eaten, beginning furthest away from the dinner plate and working your way towards the dinner plate. A salad fork would be placed next to the dinner fork, one inch from the edge of the table, and would be furthest from the dinner plate. A soupspoon would be placed next to the tablespoon, one inch from the edge of the table, and would be furthest from the dinner plate. The dessert fork and dessert spoon are placed horizontal to the top of the plate next to each other.
It’s really simple if you think about it, so don’t get stressed, in fact print this off and keep it in your silverware drawer for future reference.
So go have fun and set a beautiful table!