Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Tip of the Week: Place Setting


A table setting  Dining etiquette, as we all know, can be very formal or casual.  I find extreme formal settings to be a bit ridiculous in my life, but there is definitely an art to it. I prefer a more informal table setting -- even for special events. I think that table etiquette she be designed to make people feel comfortable and relaxed, not nervous and uptight.  Even with that thought in mind, there are some basic rules for setting the table that gives each person effective tools to get through the meal.
The basic rule with silverware (and having multiple forks and knives) is to start using utensils on the outside and work your way in towards your plate during the course of the meal.  So, you start with your salad fork for the first course and use the dinner fork for the entree.

Table Setting Tips:
-The knife blade always faces the plate.
- If you have a bread plate that you wish to use for each guest, place the bread plate just above the forks.
-A bread knife can be placed on the bread plate if used.
-Dessert spoons, if desired, can be placed above the dinner plate, along with a cake fork if desired.

Table Serving Tips:
-Food should be served from left of the guest.
-Plates should be removed or cleared from the right of the guests.

The most important thing to remember when being a good host or a good guest, is to be kind, patient and tolerant of each other. Remember the reason you chose to dine together and not get caught up in the minutia of "etiquette".

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