Setting the table for an upcoming gathering? Don’t stress—we’ve got three easy guidelines for a well-set table. Once you’ve got the basics down, you can tweak the setting based on your personal preferences. Trust us—you’ll want to print this out and tack it on the refrigerator door!
How you set the table sets the tone for the rest of the meal. If you’re entertaining guests for a proper sit down dinner, it might be nice to bring out your coordinating dinnerware, flatware, glassware, and stemware, for a polished look.
When it comes to flatware, work in the direction of the plate as the meal proceeds. And take note of this acronym: WRW. The water glass stands directly above the dinner knife, the red wine is at the center, and the white wine is to the right. Finally, the bread and butter plates are always above the plate and to the left. (So we can all stop stealing bread rolls from the person to our right!)
We all love a casual table setting, but casual doesn’t have to come at the cost of taste or order. Your napkins don’t have to be shaped like an envelope or lotus flower, but folding beautiful printed or solid napkins on the left side of the dinner plate can give a casual setting just the right amount of pop.
End the night on a high note! Table setting sticklers insist on clearing the table of all wineglasses, but this clearly doesn’t apply when you’re having desert wine.