You’re here to learn how to set your favorite kitchenware and dishes on the dinner table. A neatly set table creates the perfect ambience for a lovely dinner. So, here we go…
The first rule: Everything should be placed with even space between them. This creates symmetry and gives a “wow” effect. If it’s a formal dinner party, sterling silverware is the perfect choice. Use it in order, beginning from the appetizers to main course.
…by setting the dinner plates. Take care to keep enough space between the plates so that each guest can eat comfortably. Ideally, the distance between plate centers should be 2 feet for enough elbow room. Once you set the dishes, set other tableware accordingly to strike a balance.
· Place the glasses and cups on the right hand of the plate.
· The salad and butter plate goes on the left.
· Set the forks on the left side of the plate, and spoons and knives to the right side.
· The cutting edge of the knives should face the plate.
· If you’re using a cocktail fork, it goes to the outermost right of the plate.
· The handles of all utensils should be in line.
· For dessert, place the silverware above the plate or you can just use your dessert silverware.
· When serving dessert, the handle of fork should be towards the left while the handle of knife or spoon should be towards the right. The cutting edge of knife should face down.
· Use napkin rings to place the napkins with a neat fold.
· Your tablecloth should be squeaky clean with not a spot on it. The same goes for the dishes and other cutlery.
Setting The Drinks
Is a formal dinner complete without wine? No way! So, here we go with the glasses…
· Place wine goblets in a straight row above the knives. They should be at an angle, starting from the tallest glass to the smallest one.
· For example, place a water goblet first. To its front, place the wine glass. The dessert wine glass should be closest to the guest.
· If you’re having iced tea instead of wine, place iced tea glasses and water tumblers. For beers, use mugs.
· If you’re having coffee with dinner, the cup and saucer should be at the right side of the setting. Place the coffee spoon at the right of the saucer.
· You can even serve the coffee with the dessert.
A well-set glass dining table creates an impression. It speaks about your personality and how organized you are. Moreover, with all the dishes and kitchenware in order, the food looks yummier to the guests and so does the dinner conversation! On the other hand, a disorderly table can distract attention and even make your guests not want to eat at all!
Setting the dinner table is an art. Bring out your exquisite kitchenware and dishes and practice laying the table for a stylish serving. Be the perfect host!