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Table Setting Guides

Setting a table is not as difficult as it seems. The basic rule is: Utensils are placed in the order of use; that is, from the outside in. A second rule, with only a few exceptions, is: Forks go to the left of the plate, and knives and spoons go to the right.

To watch a video of Tricia Post setting the Post family dinner table for Thanksgiving, click here.


What kind of setting do you want to create?

Click on any of these illustrations for detailed infomation about each setting:


Basic Table Setting:


Basic Place Setting: Click Here for Description and Diagram


Informal Table Setting:


Informal Place Setting: Click Here for Description and Diagram


Formal Table Setting:


Formal Place Setting: Click Here for Description and Diagram


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18th-Edition-Cover-WOFor more information on table settings and table manners, we recommend Emily Post's Etiquette, 18th edition, by Peggy Post, Anna Post, Lizzie Post, and Daniel Post Senning. View our full line of etiquette books in our bookstore.












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