With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, I have been doing some research and brainstorming on stylish centerpieces and table settings. While flipping through some of my favorite magazines and blogs, I came across some helpful diagrams and tips for proper place settings from The Classy Woman. As some of you may be hosting Thanksgiving at your house this year, I thought you may find this helpful. I have a copy printed out and stored with my china so I can access it when needed.
|Image from The Classy Woman|
The diagram above illustrates your basic everyday table setting, which is the easiest of the two. The fork, knife and spoon are placed on the side in which you are required to hold them when cutting and eating. This is considered proper etiquette vs. cutting up much of your food and then switching the fork to your right hand to eat your meal.
A meal that requires a formal place setting will consist of salad, bread, soup, drinks and a main course with dessert and coffee following.
Plates and Bowls
Cups and glasses
Napkins and name cards