Setting the table confounds many people. How do we know this? To borrow the slogan from Farmer’s Insurance, “We know a thing or two because we’ve seen a thing or two.”
This beautiful table features Juliska’s line of china, flatware and napkins. We love their European influence and pure artistry of their designs so much that half of the illustrations in “Which Fork Do I Use?” are Juliska’s Berry & Thread. And don’t get us started on their elegant stemware!
Simple tips to a no-fail table setting experience for all ages:
- Beverage glasses are always placed on the right side of the place setting.
- The water glass is set at the tip of the knife and all other wine glasses are placed in the order of use. For example, if you were serving soup and wanted to pour sherry for your guests a small sherry glass would be placed closest to you, the diner.
- When using a beautiful charger in the middle of the place setting, it rests at the edge of the table. In the photo above, the charger is hanging over the table edge. Most likely it is a narrow table and it is the only way they can set both sides of the table. This is where we use a standard slogan, “As long as you know the rules, you can break them.”
- Bread and butter plates are always in the upper left side of the place setting.
- Flatware is placed in the order of use. And please don’t set a teaspoon on the table, unless you are serving soup and don’t have soup spoons. If salad is being served on your dinner plate and not as a separate course with a plate all to itself, then you don’t need to set salad forks either. Knife blades face inward to the dinner plate.
- Napkins are placed either on the charger or dinner plate, or to the left. This is good information even if you aren’t setting a table anytime soon. You don’t want to be guilty of reaching to the right and grabbing your neighbor’s napkin. Before the meal begins, you will be outed because someone is going to be missing a napkin. And don’t say we didn’t warn you!