Setting a table is a great way to elevate a meal, regardless of whether you’re having a formal dinner or a casual lunch with friends. Sometimes you may even want to enhance meals for your enjoyment. For many people, table setting remains a skill that they never had the opportunity to learn. Some people believe that table setting has too many rules for them to learn, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Many of the rules of table setting are simple to remember and easy to follow.


1. Utensils and Flatware

One of the things about table setting that confuses people the most is the number of utensils and their various uses. Thankfully, one of the basic rules of table setting is to never include a utensil that won’t be necessary for the meal. Each table setting method generally requires different tableware. A traditional flatware set contains a soup spoon, table knife, table fork, dessert spoons, dessert knives, dessert forks, and a teaspoon. Tableware can include a service plate, butter plate, and serving dishes. There may also be various other implements depending on the meal. You may also need a placemat and tablecloth.

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