At the table!
Giving a formal dinner is really fun to do. Everyone is dressed to the nines, good food (good wine) and especially a nicely set table are the elements to deliver a nice evening to every guest. For a nicely laid table it is nice to grab the "expensive" tableware out of the attic and polish the silver cutlery. But with a nicely set table there is also an etiquette problem. Because which fork is the chosen one? And which side does that dessert fork have to point to?
In this article I explain the basic rules.
1. The board
The board should stand directly in front of the chair, 2 cm away from the edge of the table, working from large to small. If soup is served in advance, it is on top of the plates. To the left above the plate is the space for a bread plate with a butter knife diagonally on the bread plate
2. The specifics
The specifications work from the outside to the inside. Which means that the first used forks and knives or spoons are on the outside. In addition, the forks are to the left of the plate and the knives and spoons to the right. With the knives, it is important that the cutting edge points inwards and that all the cutlery with the bottom is at the same height. The cutlery for the dessert should be above the plate, a spoon with the bottom to the right and a fork exactly the other way around (to keep it nice and easy).
3. The glasses
The glasses are on the right above the knives, with the wineglass for white wine on the outside, the red wine glass on the left side. And the water glass to the left of the red wine glass.
4. The napkin
This should lie to the left of the forks, if soup is served, if not it is allowed on top of the plate.
5. A nameplate?
Not the most essential thing, but very nice to add. If it is placed on the table, it could best be on the left side of the bread plate.
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