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How to Set a Table


How many forks are needed at a formal table setting? What they are called? What they are used for and how they are set on a table? Whether you're a new restaurant owner or hosting brunch for the first time-- we've got you covered.

It has been said by many online table flatware companies today that everything in a tabletop setting should be geometrically spaced. All places must be at equal distances.

According to popular table settings, whichever piece of flatware is to be used first is placed the furthest from the center for correct table setting. Forks left of the center and spoons and knives with cutting edge facing plate on the right.


Know your flatware table settings

Below is a list of standard traditional flatware table settings, which flatware should be included in such settings and the illustrations to show where each item should be positioned on the table.

Casual Breakfast/Lunch

Table setting should include a dinner fork, dinner knife and teaspoon. Start with a dinner plate, soup bowl, bread & butter plate (for toast or muffins), butter knife, water tumbler, juice glass and a cup and saucer for either coffee or tea. The napkin should be placed to the left of the fork.

Casual Breakfast/Lunch Setting

Dinner

Table setting should include a butter knife, salad fork, dinner fork, dinner knife and teaspoon. Start with a dinner plate, water glass, napkin and even a placemat for looks. The napkin should be placed to the left of the forks.

Dinner Setting

Formal Dinner

Table setting should include a butter knife, salad fork, dinner fork, dinner knife, soup spoon and teaspoon. Start with a dinner plate, napkin, water glass, wine glass, soup bowl and a bread & butter plate. The napkin should be placed to the left of the forks. The butter spreader may be placed on top of the bread & butter plate. A dessert spoon and dessert fork may be placed above the dinner plate.

Formal Dinner Setting

European

Table setting should include a butter knife, European-size dinner fork, U.S.-sized dinner fork, fish fork, fish knife, a European-sized dinner knife, soup spoon and teaspoon. Start with a bread & butter plate, salad plate, water glass, red and white whine glasses, a champagne glass and a napkin, which should be folded and placed on top of the salad plate.

A European-style setting is intended especially for formal occasions. European-sized flatware is generally larger and heavier that traditional U.S. flatware.

European Setting

Banquet/Brunch

Table setting should include salad forks, dinner forks, dinner knives and teaspoons. Start with dinner plates, napkins, water glasses, salad bowls, vegetable bowls and candles for looks. Napkins should be placed on top of the salad plate.

Banquet/Brunch Setting