Happy Easter Sunday everyone! Unfortunately, all of us are stuck at home this moment, and while that really bums our Easter plans out, life is all about making lemonade out of lemons, right? We at House of Sasha have an idea for a fun activity you can do today – how about you seize today’s family meal as an opportunity to show off some cool table setting tricks? Worry not, we are here to help.
Basically, there are three levels at which you can set your dining table- basic, casual and formal.
The basic setting is probably something we all have a vague idea about. You can practise this for everyday meals.
1. Place the table mat.
2. Centre the plate perfectly over the mat.
3. Keep the dinner fork to the left of the dinner plate.
4. The dinner knife goes to the right of the dinner plate.
5. Place the spoon to the right of the dinner knife.
6. Place the folded napkin and the menu card (if any) over the dinner plate. If you do not have a menu card, the napkin can alternatively also go under the dinner fork.
7. Leave some space and place the water glass above the dinner knife.
Casual is best for semi-formal brunches or dinners with friends.
1. Start by placing the table mat.
2. Keep the dinner plate in the bang middle of the mat.
3. The dinner fork goes to the left of the dinner plate. Place the napkin underneath the fork.
4. First, keep the dinner knife to the right of the dinner plate, and then to the right of the knife, keep the spoon/soup spoon.
5. If you have a soup course, place a salad plate on top of the dinner plate. It’s on top of the salad plate that you then keep the soup bowl.
6. The water glass goes above the dinner knife.
7. If you are serving wine or another beverage, keep the wine glass to the slight top right of the water glass.
Hosting your boss or in-laws for a three-course meal? This might be your preferred setting.
1. Cover your table with a well-ironed table cloth.
2. Place a charger (aka presentation plates) at every seat. Table mats are optional, however, if you wish, opt for round ones.
3. On the top left of the charger, place the bread plate with a butter knife kept laterally across, on top of it. The handle of the butter knife should be towards the right.
4. Place the dinner fork to the left of the charger. To the left of the dinner fork, place the salad fork. The napkin can either go underneath both the forks or to the left of the salad fork.
5. The dinner knife goes to the right of the charger. To the right of the dinner knife, keep the spoon.
6. The soup bowl goes on top of the charger, centrally.
7. Place a dessert spoon above the charger, centrally and laterally. The handle should point towards the right.
8. The water glass goes on the top right of the charger, parallel to the bread plate, above the dinner knife.
9. Place the red wine glass close to the water glass, slightly top right of it. The white wine glass also remains close to the water glass but slightly to the bottom right of it. The three glasses should thus form a close triangle.
10. If you have salt and pepper shakers for each guest, and/or a place card, place the card directly above the dinner spoon. The salt shaker goes to the left of the card and the pepper shaker to the right.
There are some simple rules you should remember for every setting:
1. The blades of every knife should face inwards, towards the dinner plate or charger.
2. All the adjoining cutlery should be placed equidistant from each other. Their bottom ends should be aligned.
3. Napkins should be properly folded before the table is set.