Table setting

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An elaborate table setting for a Christmas celebration. Table setting refers to the way to set a table with tableware—such as eating utensils and dishware—for serving and eating. The arrangement for a single diner is called a place setting. Practice dictating the precise arrangement of tableware has varied across cultures and historical periods.

Table setting

A table setting may have many elements, especially on formal occasions.

spoons. dessert wine. the fork is placed on the right of the table. must face toward the plate. drinkware. care should be taken to make the centerpiece not too large so that there will be sufficient room to place serving dishes. Serving dishes and utensils are not placed on the table for a formal dinner. including candles. may extend the full length of the table. [edit] Place setting Informal settings generally have fewer utensils and dishes but use a stereotyped layout based on more formal settings. are either placed on the table. Formally. When the meal is served. while knives. If an informal dinner is being served that will fill the available places at the table. away from other diners. Armenia and Turkey. spreader. where used. bread plate. each one lining up at the base with the one next to it. Centerpieces should be of low height. [edit] Formal A formal table setting for one person. Utensils are placed about one inch from the edge of the table. However. red wine. The utensils at a formal dinner must be sterling silver. Utensils are arranged in the order and the way a person will use them. to the right and forks to the left. the napkin. The blade of the knife. although the left-right order is reversed in a minority of countries. and napkin are to the left. the centerpiece may be huge and. Usually in Western culture. also in the order of use: white wine. Coffee is served in Butler Service style in demitasse and spoons are placed on the saucer to the right of each handle. cups. in addition to the place plate at each setting there is the roll. in Greece. and water tumbler. The glasses are positioned about an inch from the knives. then the dinner fork and the dinner knife). [edit] Formal dinner The most formal dinner is served from the kitchen.[1] The only exception to these general rules is the protocol followed . Utensils on the outermost position are used first (for example. at a formal dinner in Europe. a salad fork and a soup spoon. Sauceboats. and saucers are to the right. or in a more formal setting may be kept on a side table.The table should have a centerpiece that performs a solely decorative function. that means that the forks. so as not to obstruct visibility of diners' faces. as the "dangerous" or "aggressive" part of the utensil. and the following cutlery/silver: knives [and spoons where applicable].

to match the other forks. the dessert fork and spoon can be set above the plate. 1958. not served from the kitchen. 346-347. or Italy. Dinner fork 3. Water goblet References 1. Often. The pudding spoon and fork and the savoury knife and fork are then placed on the table as required. Running Press Books London. ^ Inch. Butter Plate 3. In Europe. 2003. and the dinner knife and teaspoon to the right. Amy Vanderbilt's Complete Book of Etiquette: A Guide to Gracious Living.[2] [edit] Informal At an informal setting. 2. and meat.. There is usually only one fork. fish. However. Arthur. if many courses are to be served. Dinner Plate Silverware: 1. . which was also adopted by the Habsburg court: accordingly all utensils were placed on the right. The napkin can be placed on the plate. ^ Vanderbilt. New York: Doubleday & Co. spoon pointing left. fork pointing right. Teaspoon 4. in less formal settings. a Family dinner has fewer dining pieces. At a less formal dinner. Mexico. Dinner is Served. the table is only laid for soup. about four inches from the edge of the table. Butter spreader Crystal: 1. Sometimes the cup and saucer are placed on the right side of the spoon. the napkin and/or cutlery may be held together in a single bundle by a napkin ring. fewer utensils are used and serving dishes are placed on the table. spoon and knife with the dinner fork on the left side of the plate. Spain. Dinner knife 2. Amy. Salad Plate 2. pp. such objects as napkin rings are very rare in the United Kingdom. [edit] Family dinner Compared to the Formal the Spanish royal court. Garden City. The tableware pieces that make up the family dinner: 1.