How to properly set the dinner table

If you’re hosting a large meal or sitting down to someone else’s table, do you know the proper table settings? Lifestyle expert Andrew Skipper has some great ways to remember the correct placement for a formal dining arrangement.

Skipper recommends starting with a place mat or tablecloth to set the stage. Follow that up with a charger plate which remains on the table the entire meal.

Next comes your dinner plate followed by a salad plate or soup bowl. For utensils, place forks on the left of the plate and knife and spoon to the right. A trick to remember this; fork has four letters just like left, while knife and spoon have five letters like right. With utensils, start from the outside and work your way in, so salad forks are on the far left and soup spoons on the far right.

Traditionally the napkin is placed on the left under forks or next to them.

Ever wonder which glass is yours? Think of the acronym B-M-W: bread plate, meal plate, water glass working left to right.

On the top of the place setting you will find your dessert utensils.

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Andrew Skipper
Andrew Skipper is a Lifestyle Expert woking internationally both in America and Europe. His company, Andrew Skipper Everyday, focuses on helping people elevate the everyday tasks they perform and objects they live with.