The Proper Setting for a Casual Affair

Untitled.pngIn a previous post we have showed you how to set up a Formal Table Setting, great for large dinner parties or for the Holidays. Here is a more Less Formal Setting for a Casual Affair.

01 Allow for 24″ to 30″ for each place setting. This will help avoid over crowding.

02 Place settings should be 1′ from the edge of the end of the table.

03 Place silverware in the order of use. What is to be used first is placed farthest from the plate, and so on.

04 Knives placed to the right of the plate, with cutting edge facing the plate. Spoons are placed to the right of the plate and to the right of the knives.

05 All forks are placed to the left of the plate, in order of use. If salad is to be served with the main course, or if the salad fork is to be used as a dessert fork, it is placed to the right of the dinner fork, next to the plate.

06 The bread and butter plate is optional at a casual dinner party, so don’t worry if you don’t have them. If you are planning to use a bread and butter plate, place it to the upper left of the dinner plate and lay the butter spreader horizontally across the plate, with the blade facing the plate.

09 A soup spoon, if needed, is set to the right of all knives.

10 Forks are placed to the left of the dinner plate in the order of their use, from the outside toward the plate.

11 Dessert Spoons and forks can be brought to the table with the dessert plates.

12 Water glasses (if used) should be set just above the top of the place knife. The wine glass is placed slightly to the right of the water glass.

13 A cup and saucer can be brought to the table along with the teaspoon with dessert.

14 Place a folded napkin to the left of your forks.

TIP: Set the table the night before. This way, there’s one less thing to worry about while you cook. If this is not possible, then organize your dishes, flatware, glasses etc. so that when it’s time to set the table, everything is ready at your fingertips!

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