Monday, March 14, 2011

Place Settings

I recently hosted an informal dinner party for a couple of my girlfriends and their husbands. I decided it would be easier to go ahead and set the table with napkins and utensils. So as I started setting the table, I thought to myself how helpful it would be if I actually knew the proper way to do it. Knife on the right or left, spoon with the fork... I had no idea but I decided that it was about time to learn it.

For a very simple, informal place setting:
  • Forks on the left
  • Napkin on the left with the open end facing away from the plate, either to the left of the fork or under it
  • Spoons on the far right
  • Knife on the right closest to the plate with the cutting edge facing the plate
  • Drink glasses just above the knife on the right
  • Bread plate on the left side above the fork
One way to remember which bread plate and drinking glass is yours, helpful when your out at a dinner with lots of people, is that if you make an “okay” sign with your hands, your left hand forms a “b” for bread and your right hand forms a “d” for drink. That way you won’t worry that you’re eating your neighbor’s bread!

And a great way to remember the proper order of the silverware is to simply alphabetize, reading from left to right: Fork, Knife, Spoon.

Now you’re a little smarter, Girlfriend — And so am I.

1 comment:

  1. Love this...I've never heard of the okay sign "d" and "b"...very clever way...I must tell my 12 year old first thing tomorrow!

    I've read through your last several posts...a very creative idea for a blog, I must say.