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How-To (Cheat Sheet) Set a Formal Table

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A Cheater's Guide to Setting a Formal Table

  • Mar 8, 2009
I have set many formal tables throughout my entertaining years so far, but I always seem to forget where items should be placed. This is an awesome reference to have bookmarked!

This article on Entertaining With Style (blog covering all things entertaining related) provides readers with a graphic and coordinating numbered list of where each item should be placed when setting a formal dinner table. I think this is so helpful for those who set formal tables often, or even rarely. Go ahead...impress your Mom and have her over for a formal dinner (you don't have to tell her about the cheat sheet you used).

I think this article clearly demonstrates where each piece of cutlery and china should be placed however, it does not provide any variations which could be helpful. It would be a more helpful resource if it outlined different cultural variations and/or levels of formality. I mean do we always need that many spoons? Really?
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March 12, 2009
That setup looks so complicated to me! I've been to plenty of fancy schmancy restaurants, but never realized that there are actually places that the beverages are suppose to be in.

Now I'll know where to put everything if ever I should host a formal meal, so thanks for sharing!
March 08, 2009
There are many variations, I have seen many differences between just "old" traditional styles and new modern styles. As for French services I do know that you never place more than 3 utensils on each side of the plate, but that is about as far as my knowledge goes :)
March 08, 2009
Wow, thanks for the head's up! I wonder if there are different styles to setting a table? Is there an English version versus a French version, etc? It'd be fascinating to find out!
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A formal table setting most always includes the following pieces of dinnerware, silverware, and glassware.

1. Napkin
2. Salad Fork
3. Dinner Fork
4. Dessert Fork
5. Bread & Butter Plate w/ Spreader
6. Dinner plate
7. Dinner Knife
8. Teaspoon
9. Teaspoon
10. Soup Spoon
11. Cocktail fork
12. Water Glass
13. Red-wine glass
14. White-wine glass
15. Coffee cup and saucer

This cheat sheet was found on the blog  Entertaining With Style
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