So many times, I’ve been to formal dinners and my table partners are confused on whose fork or glass belongs to whom. With many formal dinners being held during this holiday season, I thought I would share some table setting etiquette.
For this post, we will touch on the basics while keeping in mind the picture above shows some items that may not be used or placed on the table such as both red AND white wine glasses.
A great way to determine which bread and drink belongs to you is to place your thumb and forefinger together on your left hand to make a b (for bread). For the right hand, do the same but you will make a d (for drink). Voilà! Your bread is to your left with your drink being to your right.
The rule to using the proper utensil is to work from the outside in. The salad fork is farthest from your plate and used first followed by the dinner fork and dessert fork, respectively. The right side of your plate is where your soup spoon, teaspoon and dinner knife is placed.
I hope this helps when you attend your next dinner party. Don’t forget to wait for everyone at your table to be served before diving in.