Proper Table Settings

Nov 16 2012

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In anticipation for Thanksgiving next week, we’ve got great deals, great food, and pretty tables on the brain!

Today, we’re talking table settings. It’s an etiquette thing … And by the way, it’s easy to coordinate your reception items {Place Cards, Table Number Cards, Menu Cards and Favors} with your wedding colors of your invitations from MagnetStreet Weddings. Check it out!

How to set your tables

General guidelines:

  • Forks: Always on the left. Salad fork {basic/informal} placed on the outside.
  • Knives and spoons: Always on the right. Knife blades face in. Spoons to the right of knives.
  • Napkins: Always on the left or on the plate.
  • Glasses: Always upper right {water, wine, juices, tea, coffee}
  • Bread plate/butter knife: upper left with butter knife blade down and handle toward plate.

Place Settings


Basic: Every day table setting. Minimal required.

Informal: Plan for salad plate, soup, bread, coffee, wine.

  • Salad plate to the left of dinner plate.
  • Knives/Spoons: to the right of the knife and in order of use i.e. soup spoons used first so they are on the outside.

Formal: Plan for appetizer, 1-3 courses, salad, various beverages.

  • Forks: outside {fish} middle {dinner} inside {salad-if served after the entree}
  • Knives: outside {fish} inside {dinner}

Now you know how to properly set a beautiful table!



Emily Post Table Setting Guides


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One thought on “Proper Table Settings

  1. Great post! I always get table settings confused….my mom once told me this simple memory aid: “The spoon and knife are man and wife, and the fork stands alone.” Haha, but beyond that, I’m lost. 🙂

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