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Setting the Table

When I attend dinner parties, sometimes the place setting can seem cluttered and I can get a bit overwhelmed with which utensils to use first. A good idea is to usually work your way from the outside in.

 

Another trick I learned was from my mother, she taught me the acronym B.E.D. B stands for “bread” meaning the bread dish will be to your left. E stands for "end of dinner"; anything that will come at the end of dinner, such as dessert utensils will be in front of your plate. Finally, D stands for "drink;" all your glasses will be to the right of table setting. Now you will have no reason to confuse yourself on which glass belongs to you, or your neighbor. Table set up

 

Below is the standard for setting a semi-formal / formal place setting. Use this guide for your next dinner party.

 

1. Put down a plate.

 

2. To the left of the plate, place forks (typically just salad and entrée forks) in the order in which guests will use them, with the first one farthest out.

 

3. To the right, place knives and spoons, with knives closest to the plate and blades facing in. Again, order them so that you work your way inward as the meal progresses.

 

4. Lay dessert utensils (fork and spoon, or fork and knife) horizontally across the top of the plate, spoon on top with its handle to the right. For fork and knife, the fork is on top; handle to the left. You can also bring these out when you serve dessert, or you can place the dessert fork farthest to the left on the table setting (as shown above).

 

5. Arrange glasses on the upper right side of the place setting at a diagonal angle. Napkins go either on the plate or to the left of the forks.

Posted by: / July 22, 2010

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