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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:

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Basic Place Setting: Click Here for Description and Diagram

 

Informal Table Setting:


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Informal Place Setting: Click Here for Description and Diagram

 

Formal Table Setting:

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Formal Place Setting: Click Here for Description and Diagram