LEARNING THE ARCHITECTURE OF A WELL-SET TABLE MEANS YOU CAN SET & STYLE WITH CONFIDENCE.
1 Charger / Serving Plate
2 Dinner Plate
3 Salad Plate
4 Entrée Fork (closest to plate on left)
5 Salad Fork
6 Dinner Knife (closest to plate on right)
7 Salad Knife
8 Soup Spoon or Dinner Spoon
9 Butter Plate & Knife blade down
10 Dessert Spoon & Fork
11 Water Glass (directly above the knives)
12 Red Wine Glass
13 White Wine Glass
14 Champagne Flute or Sherry Glass
15 Coffee Cup & Saucer (for dessert)
Napkins are placed between the Charger (1) and the Dinner Plate (2) or between the Dinner Plate and the Salad Plate (3) if you aren’t using a Charger.
The order of the forks is determined by the presentation of the courses. The first course starts with the fork to the far left, the second course uses the middle fork, and the main course uses the Entrée Fork (4) closest to the plate.
A Dinner Spoon can be placed to the left of or in place of the Soup Spoon (8).
An Oyster Fork can be placed to the right of the Soup or Dinner Spoon.
Placing your silverware diagonally across your plate (handles at 4:20) signals to the host or server that you are satisfied and have completed the course.
. . . Keep this in your back pocket!