Informal Table Setting

You can use this setting every day.

This is an easy Informal Table Setting



I used a Place Mat and the napkin went over the mat, so I placed the silverware on top of my napkin. I should have placed the napkin on top of the plate.

(above the plate. left to right): bread & butter plate, butter knife, wine/water glass.
(plate row. left to right): napkin, salad fork, dinner fork, salad plate, plate, dinner knife.

Remember that the utensils for each course are placed in the order served, from the outside in. This will eliminate any confusion for any guest.At an informal setting, fewer utensils are used and serving dishes are placed on the table.

Sometimes the cup and saucer are placed on the right side of the spoon, about four inches from the edge of the table. Often, in less formal settings, the napkin and/or cutlery may be held together in a single bundle by a napkin ring.

The rules for informal place settings are relatively few compared to formal dining, for instance, it is acceptable to mix and match if you don’t have enough tableware and it has become increasingly popular to do so.

At an informal meal, the table setting is not cluttered and all the flatware is laid on the table at one time. At the host’s option the dessert utensils may be brought to the table on the dessert plate.

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