Setting a proper dinner table is a simple thing and one that will make you feel like the elegant hostess you are.
We’re talking specifically about Thanksgiving today, but you can start making dinner an occasion every day. Not just on a holiday.
Yes you can even break out the good china and crystal for a Tuesday supper if you like but that’s not necessary! 😉 It is important to know how to set a table and in turn, teach your children how to as well. Etiquette is becoming a lost art, so let’s try to keep it alive!
Start with some nice clean linens. You don’t necessarily need a tablecloth for your everyday dinners, but it’s a surefire way to hide a less than desirable table! And for sure use cloth napkins—they’re lovely and make everyone feel like a special guest.
The dinner plate goes in the center of the placemat with the folded napkin set to its left. The bread plate should go above the napkin. If you’re serving salad, place the salad plate on top of the dinner plate.
Place your forks on the napkin, salad fork to the left of the dinner fork. Your dessert fork and spoon will go above the dinner plate. Set the dinner knife to the right of the dinner plate with the blade facing in. To the right of the knife, place the teaspoon. If you’re serving soup, the soup spoon goes to the right of the teaspoon.
The water glass goes to the top right of the plate, with the wine glass to its right.
Now, sit back and admire this beautifully set table!
I challenge you to learn how to make dinner an occasion that your family looks forward to every single day. Sitting down together to share a meal and to talk about your day is a ritual to be cherished, not just on holidays. 🙂
Happy Thanksgiving from my table to yours 🙂
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I think you need to switch the water glass and the wine glass as you do not want people to be guzzling wine to the point they are smashed…just read it in a magazine recently.
I was taught that the dinner knife should be facing out. Is that a hard and fast rule?
I’ve heard it should be facing in because in olden days the knife facing outward was seen as a sign of aggression. At least that’s how they explain it in Europe, not sure about the US
Because some knives are sharp, the blade is turned in to negate harm to one’s fingers.