Mind Your Manners: Place Setting

Spring 2015
Spring 2015

A place setting is like a table road map to your meal. The amount of silverware at a table depends on the number of courses to be served and the type of glasses reveals what wines and spirits will be enjoyed. With silverware you always start on the outside and work your way inward toward the center. Glasses are placed in the order of use, on the right, above the knives and soup spoon. This is pretty logical as most people use their right hand to hold the glass. The folded napkin may be placed on the left side of the place setting or on top of the plate. While all these rules might make you feel nervous at first, the following illustrations are helpful and ensure your next dinner party is a hit full of appropriate details and elegant refinement:

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