How to Set a Table

Formal Table Setting

Holidays and other special occasions are the perfect time to get out your beloved china. Knowing where to place each item will let you concentrate on other things—like dessert!

  • A. napkin
  • B. salad fork
  • C. dinner fork
  • D. bread plate
  • E. salad plate
  • F. dinner plate
  • G. dessert spoon
  • H. cake fork
  • I. placecard
  • J. water glass
  • K. wine glass (red)
  • L. wine glass (white)
  • M. dinner knife
  • N. dinner spoon
  • O. teaspoon

Tip: Add individual touches like napkins folded in a creative way, or placecards so there's no dancing around the table trying to figure out who sits where.

Casual Table Setting

A casual place setting is about function and putting everyone at ease. If you don't need a particular item (like a soup bowl when you're having salad and lasagna), don't put it out. Simple as that.

All you'll need for a well-set table.

  • A. napkin
  • B. salad fork
  • C. dinner fork
  • D. bread plate
  • E. salad plate
  • F. dinner plate
  • G. water glass
  • H. wine glass
  • J. dinner knife
  • K. dinner spoon
  • L. teaspoon

Tip: Placemats and napkins are a great way to add more pop to your table. Plus, placemats help keep your table clean.

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