Setting a Dining Table Made Easy

Formal dining can leave even the most educated confused much like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman. Most of us probably don’t even use formal dining every day so you may even be asking yourself, “Why do I need to know this?” Most likely, there will come a time where you do need to take part in formal dining (like at a wedding) where you don’t want to be the one looking around for direction. It will also be fun to show your friends how classy you are at your next dinner party. Use these tips to help make it easy to remember:

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Formal Set Up: With a formal set up always remember to start working your way from the outer utensils in towards your plates. Knife and spoons go on the right side and forks on the left. Desert and coffee utensils are set above the plates. The plates are stacked in the order of appetizer plate on top, then entree plate, and finally the “charger” which is the largest of the plates. The bread plate and butter knife are set on at the top left corner of the setting. On the opposite side, at the right corner,  steam ware is set from wines glasses at top, then champagne or water glass, followed lastly by a coffee cup.

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Image via Style Me Pretty

Casual Set Up: A casual setting is great for holidays and family dinners. Also great for a more relaxed look. The rules that work for a formal set up also apply to a casual setting. Still work your way in with the utensils. Steam ware goes in the upper right hand corner. You will probably have a lot less plates and utensils so don’t be afraid to make the setting your own. Give your casual setting a sprinkle of personality to show off your style!

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