The 7 Basic Principles in Table Setting

denz By denz, 8th Aug 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Table setting refers to the way the table appointments and the food are arranged in the dining table. By knowing and following the rules, you can enjoy your meals and impress your guests.

The 7 Basic Principles in Table Setting

A well-set table makes much difference when serving well-prepared, attractive, and appetizing dishes. It gives the right atmosphere for an enjoyable and pleasant meal.

Table setting refers to the way the table appointments and the food are arranged in the dining table. By knowing and following the rules, you can enjoy your meals and impress your guests.

There are 7 Basic Principles in Table Setting

1. Table appointments include materials for setting the table such as the tablecloth, place mats, napkins, china or dinnerware’s, flat wares and glass wares. Table appointments that are placed on the table for each person make up an individual “cover”. At least 20 inches should be allowed for each cover.

2. Tablecloth which should be placed evenly over a silence pad may consist of linen, cotton, nylon, plastic, and native materials such as rattan, bamboo, cork and sinamay. It is a must for every occasion and should hang 4 to 6 inches on all sides of the table for informal occasions and 8 to 10 inches long for formal occasions. If a place mat is used, it should be about 16 to 18 inches long and 12 to 14 inches wide. When used, the long edge should be aligned with the table.

3. For formal occasions, napkins 24 x 24 square inches are recommended. For informal meals such as breakfast, lunch or dinner 17 x 17 square inches may be used. Informal occasions require smaller napkins 12 x 12 inches long. It should be folded and placed with the open edge nearest the left side of the fork 1 inch from the side of the table. For formal occasions, napkins may be placed on the service plate or on the goblet depending upon one’s taste.

4. Table wares refer to the utensils used for eating and serving, including flatware’s, dinner wares, and glass wares. Flat wares are usually made of sterling silver steel or silver plated steel or plastic. Spoons, forks, knives, teaspoons and serving pieces are flat wares. Place the knife for and spoon 1 inch from the edge of the table.

5. Dinnerware’s refer to chinaware or dishes such as platters, dishes, saucers, cups, and bowls. Plates should be set at the center of each “cover” which is approximately 20-24 inches wide and 12-16 inches long. Salad plates should be at the left of the dinner plate away from the forks. Place the cup and saucer at the right. The bread and butter plate should be at the top of the fork.

6. Glass wares include tumblers, goblets, and glasses. In the choice of glasses, think of the flatware and dinner wares which will be used with it. The water glass should be placed at the top of the diner knife with the milk or juice glass slightly to the right of the water glass.

7. A centerpiece is used to add color to the table. The centerpiece may be placed anywhere on the table. Fresh flowers, artificial flowers mad of plastic, cloth or paper maybe used to add color to the table.

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author avatar A K Rao
8th Aug 2012 (#)

That is a wnderful and useful piece of information dear denz! I have already saved this article! Nice one! Thanks for sharing!

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author avatar denz
8th Aug 2012 (#)

thank you! this article has been published on bukisa last 2010 and many authors copy this article. That's why my articles at bukisa don't hits more because of copywriting. I will try to republish my articles on this site. I hope I've got more readers.

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author avatar Rani
15th Sep 2018 (#)

Helpful but it needs some explanation about forks, knives, and spoons.

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author avatar Rani
15th Sep 2018 (#)

Helpful but it needs some explanation about forks, knives, and spoons.

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