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Ettiquette 101: Basic Table Settings

Inspired by Downton Abbey, and the recent critiques about table settings in several dinner scenes. I felt that having some knowledge about basic table settings is quite important, especially when you have guest coming over. When you wanted to show off, you better do it right!

(picture source from condenast.co.uk)

Well, I assume you would not need to have the complicated table settings as in Downton Abbey, The following is a basic table settings picture+ rules for Emily post :

(picture source from emilypost.com) 

  1. Picture the word “FORKS.” The order, left to right, is: F for Fork, O for the Plate (the shape!), K for Knives and S for Spoons. (Okay — you have to forget the R, but you get the idea!)
  2. Holding your hands in front of you, touch the tips of your thumbs to the tips of your forefingers to make a lowercase ‘b’ with your left hand and a lowercase ‘d’ with your right hand. This reminds you that “bread and butter” go to the left of the place setting and “drinks” go on the right. Emily Post could have used that trick — she was often confused about which bread and butter belonged to her — and sometimes she used her neighbor’s! In which case, when it was called to her attention, she would say to the dismayed lady or gentleman, “Oh, I am always mixing them up. Here, please take mine!”

Some other things to know:

  • Knife blades always face the plate
  • The napkin goes to the left of the fork, or on the plate
  • The bread and butter knife are optional

(source from emilypost.com)

Titinia.S

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