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Please check the items you will be serving
Waiter  
Oyster/cocktail Water
SaladWine red
BreadWine white
SoupCoffee
Fish/meat
Dessert - fork
Dessert - spoon
  Note: If more than three or four courses are served, new silverware is brought to the table after all original silverware is used.  

  Proper Table Setting for Formal Dinner
At Bright Settings™, we are frequently asked questions about the right way to create a table place setting. The correct table setting is an essential part of any catered event. With the proper table setting techniques, you can be sure that your tables reflect approved table setting etiquette every time.

Note: If more than three or four courses are served, new silverware is brought to the table after all original silverware is used.

Popular Table Settings
  • When setting a table, align silverware one inch from table edge (no more than 2" if using place mats.)
  • As for the order of the flatware, whichever piece is to be used first is placed furthest from center for correct table setting.
  • Just remember, forks on left side and spoons and knives with cutting edge facing plate on right.
Exceptions to setting the table this way are:
  • Cocktail/Oyster fork goes right of dinner spoon.
  • Butter knife lays across bread plate.
  • Dessert fork and spoon placed above with fork tines pointing right underneath spoon pointing left (shown in pic.) This is optional, they may be brought later with dessert.
  • Dessert and salad fork is short tined and dinner is long.
Water glass is above the knife. Wine glass(es) go to the right of water.

Coffee cup and saucer are placed to the right of knife and spoon.
 

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