Table Setting

There are a lot of variations in the way one can set up a table. The setup is dependent on what is being served and the formality of the meal. The following are guidelines and pictures for general table setting.

(Table Setting w/ Napkin on Left of Forks.)

(Table Setting w/ Napkin on Plate)
The following are the items included in the left photo listed in order from left to right: salad plate, bread plate, napkin, salad fork, dinner fork, dinner plate, dinner knife, water glass, teaspoon, soup spoon and wine glass in the upper right.

Table Setting Guidelines

  • The napkin can be placed to the left of the forks, underneath the forks, on the plate or in a wine glass.

  • The bottom of the main dinner plate should be 1-2 inches from the edge of the table.

  • The silverware should be about half an inch apart from each other and the plates.

  • The bottom of the silverware should all be lined up with each other.

  • The salad plate can be placed either to the left of the forks or above it.

  • The bread plate is placed to the upper right of the salad plate.

  • Forks are placed on the left side of the dinner plate and knife and spoons are placed on the right.

  • The cutting-edge of the knife should be facing the plate.

  • Silverware that you use first should be placed farthest from the plate. The fork that you use first should be placed the far left of the plate and the spoon that you use first should be to the far right of the plate.

  • The water glass/goblet should be placed an inch above the point of the knife, with other glasses being lined up slightly below and to the right of the previous glass.

  • A butter knife can be placed horizontally on top of the bread plate if needed.

  • A name card can be placed directly above the dinner plate.

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