How to Set a Table




Introduction: How to Set a Table

Here you will learn how to set a table for a multiple course meal with varying pieces of silverware and stemware.

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Step 1: Gather Materials

What you'll need:

  • 2 Tablecloths
  • 1 Cloth Napkin
  • 1 Knife
  • 1 Teaspoon
  • 1 Dinner Fork
  • 1 Salad Fork
  • 1 Bread Plate
  • 1 Butter Knife
  • 1 Water Glass
  • 1 Wine Glass

Step 2: Lay the Bottom Cloth

Lay the first tablecloth over the table in a rectangular fashion.

Step 3: Lay the Top Cloth

Lay the second tablecloth over the first in a diamond-like fashion.

Step 4: Placing the Napkin

Place your napkin centered directly in front of your chair on the edge of the table.

Step 5: Placing the Knife

Place your first piece of silverware, the knife, directly to the right of your napkin with the "blade" facing inward.

Step 6: Placing the Dinner Fork

Place the dinner fork directly on the left side of the napkin.

Step 7: Placing the Salad Fork

Place the salad fork directly to the left of the dinner fork.

Step 8: Placing the Teaspoon

Place the teaspoon directly to the right of the knife.

Step 9: Placing the Bread Plate

Place the bread plate directly to the left of the salad fork.

Step 10: Placing the Butter Knife

Place the butter knife at the top of the bread plate with the blade facing down the plate and pointing away from the napkin.

Step 11: Placing the Water Glass

Place the water glass to the right of the knife and above the spoon.

Step 12: Placing the Wine Glass

Place the wine glass to the left of, but above the knife.

Step 13: Finishing Up..

Repeat steps 3-12 in front of all seats at your table. Place a centerpiece in the middle of the table if you wish. You are now ready to serve a multiple course meal!

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    4 Discussions


    3 years ago

    great useful tutorial! Thank you!

    Julienne N
    Julienne N

    4 years ago

    thanks for the tut. in Cameroon, we often eat with our hands because of the types of dishes we have. when next I have the opportunity to do this, it will save me a lot of embarrassment... thanks!


    4 years ago

    good 'ible. this is a lost art that really should come back


    4 years ago

    This is great to know!