I am of the firm belief that as long as you have the basics in place there is quite a bit of "wiggle room" when setting a table. I always focus first on function and then on what looks good. I consider the basics to be the plate in the center, knife to the right (sharp side facing the plate), spoon(s) to the right of the knife and the fork(s) on the left of the plate. The drinking cup should be just above the knife. Only put out the pieces that you will be using during the meal - for instance if you are not serving soup you will not need a soup spoon or soup bowl. The silverware that you will be using first goes the farthest away from the plate (soup spoons and salad forks).
1. Salad Plate
4. Butter plate and spreader
5. Dinner Plate
9. Cup and Saucer
- Arrange the place mats about one inch from the edge of the table.
- Place china and silver about one inch from the edge of the table.
|My Valentine's Day Table - set up for the whole family. Notice |
that I put the forks and napkin the wrong side - oops! This was
just a quick table set up so we would have something fun and special
for Valentine's Day !
Good luck and have fun with your tablescapes!