Dining with Silverware

The idea of Christmas dinners and formal silverware can be very daunting for some, let us help you out.

  1. Display only what is necessary
    A formal table set with every imaginable piece of silverware can be confusing to many diners. For any type of place setting, avoid using more silverware than the meal calls for.
  1. Work your way from the outside in
    Silverware is to be placed on the table in the order that it will be used. Silverware that will be used first should be set to the farthest left and right sides of the plate.
  1. Sufficient Spacing
    Utensils should be about 0.5 inch away from the plate, and should be lined up evenly by using the bottoms as measure.
  1. Forks, Knives and Spoons
    Forks are placed on the left of the dinner plate, while knives and spoons go on the right. Knives should be placed with their cutting edge facing the dinner plate.
  2. Dessert Silverware
    Dessert silverware can be placed at the table setting, or be brought out just before dessert is served. They should be centered above and parallel to the dinner plate.
  3. Completing the Meal
    All used silverware should be removed after each course. Upon finishing your course, place your silverware at a 4 o’clock to 10 o’clock angle, with the blade of the knife facing you.