So you’re preparing for your big dinner party and you want every thing to be right. You’ve picked the perfect party theme, paired together the perfect color palette and have an awesome dinner menu that would make anyone want seconds and thirds.
You want to make a great impression on your guest and you want everything to be perfect. All the decorations have been put up and you begin to set your table. Fork, spoon, knife? No, knife, fork, spoon?
What is the correct way to set your table for your dinner guest. We’ll share with you the formal table setting that will guarantee your guest will say, “wow they really know how to throw a party.”
In order to get the correct information, we called upon the etiquette experts at The Emily Post Institute who is known for providing the proper etiquette since their first etiquette book in 1922. Your table setting should include a charger plate, dinner plate, salad plate, bread & butter plate, teacup & saucer, dinner fork, dinner knife, salad fork, soup spoon, teaspoon, champagne glass, red or white wine class, and an iced beverage glass.
Start your look by using a charger plate. The charger plate provides the framework for your dinnerware and is not used to eat on. It is taken away once the dinner starts. Next you place your dinner plate on the charger and the salad plate on top of the dinner plate. You can add your napkin on top of the plates and add a name card or other decoration for a nice added effect. If you don’t want to add to the top of the plate, you can add your napkin to the left of the fork.
Next you want to add your bread and butter plate which goes right above the dinner plate. To the left of the bread and butter plate, you’ll add the teacup and saucer. You can elect not to have the cup and saucer on the table and have it brought out after dinner. Then you’ll add the add the champagne, wine, and iced beverage glasses. The iced beverage glass goes directly above the knife, place the champagne flute to the left and the wine glass to the right.
Finally, you want to place your utensils. The key is to work from the outside in. The silverware that is used first will lie farthest from the plate. You’ll place your salad fork down and then your dinner fork closet to the plate on the left side. On the right side, you’ll place your knife with the cutting edge facing the plate then your soup spoon, if needed, and lastly your teaspoon.
Also, If you have spoons and forks for dessert, you can set those up horizontally above the plate, the spoon handle should face right and the fork handle to the left.
I know it may seem overwhelming trying to get everything in the right place. Although it looks really nice to have everything in order, what your guest will remember is the love and friendship that they’ll share with you. So don’t sweat the small stuff.
Stay tuned for our upcoming Crab Boiled Themed Birthday Party.