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2. Things to Remember

When setting a table, there are a few easy rules to remember. The first rule is to picture the word “forks.” From left to right, the placement order follows F for forks, O for the plate, K for knives, and S for spoons. Additionally, place the utensils in the order that the diner will use them. The diner will use the outside utensils before the inner ones. To remember which side is for drinks and which side is for bread, touch the tips of your index fingers to the tips of your thumbs. Your left-hand makes a “b” for bread and butter while your right-hand makes a “d” for drinks. Therefore, bread and butter go on the left while drinks sit on the right. Finally, the sharp edges of the knives always face the plate.

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