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Mystery Lover
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PostSubject: How do you properly set a table???   Thu Feb 11, 2010 8:01 pm

I was wondering how you properly set a table. I do it my own way, but it isn't proper etiquette. Not that my friends would mind if it weren't... but ya know how sometimes you just want it to look perfect?
Anyway, I never remember what side forks, spoons and knives are to be, or even the napkins! LOL
Does anyone know?
Thanks!
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PostSubject: Re: How do you properly set a table???   Thu Feb 11, 2010 8:39 pm

What??? scratch

You just pull up a chair and set in it......whats for dinner???


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PostSubject: Re: How do you properly set a table???   Thu Feb 11, 2010 8:40 pm

The proper setting for a table:

Salad fork goes on the left side next to dinner plate, dinner fork goes to left side of salad fork, fish fork goes to left side of dinner fork, napkin goes to left side of fish fork. Service knife goes to right side of dinner plate, fish knife goes to right side of service knife, soup spoon goes to right side of fish knife. Cake fork goes directly above dinner plate, dessert spoon goes directly above cake fork. Bread knife goes on bread plate directly above salad, dinner and fish forks. Smile

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PostSubject: Re: How do you properly set a table???   Thu Feb 11, 2010 9:13 pm

That's a lot of utensils, Hat! Shocked I never knew fish had their own knife and fork. Neutral
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PostSubject: Re: How do you properly set a table???   Thu Feb 11, 2010 9:19 pm

jkeerie lol Yes the fishys have thier own little knife and fork. That table setting is for the ultra fancy dinners like at the Ambassador's place. I'm more inclined to go along with GreyFuss's idea of eating. lol

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PostSubject: Re: How do you properly set a table???   Thu Feb 11, 2010 10:43 pm

THANK YOU Hatshepsut!!! Very Happy
I am writing all this down so I will have it forever!!
Did you used to work in a restaurant?
LOL!! I confess, i would have never of thought of putting dessert sliverware above the plates!!
You were very helpful!
You wouldn't happen to know how to fold linen napkins, now would you??

P.S. most of the time we do eat like GreyFuss!

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PostSubject: Re: How do you properly set a table???   Thu Feb 11, 2010 11:14 pm

Mystery Lover, you are very welcome. The proper way to fold a napkin is, fold your napkin in half then from left to right make a three quarter fold. Take the right side and fold it over the left part of the napkin. The folded side should be placed next to the fish fork. If there is a monogram you want to make sure that it shows.

No I didn't work in a restaurant lol.

lol it is alot more fun and less stressful eating the way GreyFuss does.

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PostSubject: Re: How do you properly set a table???   Fri Feb 12, 2010 12:45 am

Mystery Lover wrote:
"You wouldn't happen to know how to fold linen napkins, now would you??"

They come pre-folded when you remove them from the dryer. Cool
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PostSubject: Re: How do you properly set a table???   Fri Feb 12, 2010 6:38 pm

One more thing... does the glass go on the right above the napkin?? TIA!

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PostSubject: Re: How do you properly set a table???   Fri Feb 12, 2010 11:13 pm

There's (believe it or not) a casual game at Big Fish Games (don't recall the title) that has a screenshot showing a table with 4 place settings. Only one of the place settings is correct and the player needs to correct the 3 that are wrong. So this information will come in handy, if I decdie to buy the game some day.
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PostSubject: Re: How do you properly set a table???   Sat Feb 13, 2010 2:34 pm

Mystery Lover no the napkin goes to the left of the forks. The glasses go on the right above the knives Smile

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PostSubject: Re: How do you properly set a table???   Sat Feb 13, 2010 3:26 pm

Mystery Lover a little diagram of placement


A. Napkin
B. Dinner Plate
C. Soup Bowl
D. Bread and Butter Plate with Bread Knife
E. Water Glass
F. White Wine
G. Red Wine
H. Fish Fork
I. Dinner Fork
J. Salad Fork
K. Service Knife
L. Fish Knife
M. Soup Spoon
N. Dessert Spoon and Cake Fork

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PostSubject: Re: How do you properly set a table???   Sat Feb 13, 2010 5:25 pm

Wow! Perfection acheived!! I'm going to copy this down right now!!
Thank you mega tons!!! Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: How do you properly set a table???   Sat Feb 13, 2010 5:36 pm

You are very welcome Smile

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PostSubject: Re: How do you properly set a table???   Sat Feb 13, 2010 5:55 pm

I made a boo boo last night and put the napkins on the right side of the plate! Embarassed But it still looked nice.
I went to Bed, Bath & Beyond and the cloth napkins come with folding instructions!! How cool is that? So i could have them standing, or flat, but with the silverware tucked in. That was neat.
Dinner parties are fun, but I hate all the clean up!
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PostSubject: Re: How do you properly set a table???   Sat Feb 13, 2010 6:24 pm

I think it's kind of cool all the different ways you can fold a napkin. I really dislike the cleanup too.

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PostSubject: Re: How do you properly set a table???   Sat Feb 13, 2010 6:46 pm

I make it easier on myself. I have two sets of napkin rings...one that looks a bit fancy and another set for every day. I put the napkin in the ring and set it on the plate. Looks kind of pretty. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: How do you properly set a table???   Sat Feb 13, 2010 7:32 pm

jkeerie that would be pretty Smile

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