Forks on the left.  Or is it forks on the right?  Are napkins placed next to the utensils or under the utensils?  I think coffee cups should be provided at a dinner table. Yes, that’s right! Creating a proper table setting involves a lot of pieces and can get a bit confusing.

To help your staff set a table for any meal service with ease, we’ve created these video and photo tutorials below.

 

Setting a Breakfast Table

breakfast table setting

To set a sunny breakfast table for a morning meal, you’ll need the following to complete your table setting:

  • placemat or tablecloth
  • plate
  • silverware (fork, knife, spoon)
  • napkin
  • coffee cup & saucer
  • juice glass

 

Setting a Lunch Table

lunch table setting

To set a proper table for a lunch event, make sure you have the following components in place:

  • tablecloth or placemat
  • plate
  • salad plate
  • silverware (salad fork, fork, knife, spoon)
  • napkin
  • water glass

 

Setting a Casual Dinner Table

casual dinner table setting

A casual dinner table setting introduces a few more elements to your table. To create a proper table display you’ll need:

  • tablecloth
  • dinner plate
  • salad plate
  • napkin
  • silverware (salad fork, fork, knife, spoon)
  • bread plate & butter knife
  • water glass
  • wine glass
  • coffee cup & saucer

 

Setting a Formal Dinner Table

formal dinner table setting

A formal dinner service pulls out all the stops. To create a grand table setting, each place will need to include the following:

  • tablecloth
  • dinner plate
  • salad plate
  • napkin
  • silverware (salad fork, fork, knife, spoon, dessert fork, dessert spoon)
  • bread plate & butter knife
  • water glass
  • wine glass
  • champagne glass

 

More Table Etiquette Tidbits

A few more table setting basics to keep in mind:

  • place utensils (outside to inside) in the order they will be used
  • only place utensils that will be used during the meal (no salad? no salad fork)
  • forks go on the left and knives and spoons go on the right
  • knife blades should face the plate

 

For the printed paper accessories that you need to create a perfect table setting, visit Alfred Manks’s product catalog for inspiration and contact us for samples and a quote!