Thursday, August 30, 2007

Table Settings Part 4 ~ Place Settings

As a child and daughter of a Doctor, my parents did quite a bit of entertaining. Some times I was expected to participate in the event and when I was of age, I was sent to a class called White Gloves and Party Manners. Although I was not expected to learn the whole formal setting, I did learn manners that to this day I still remember and practice. Thanks Mom...and I am sorry I whined about going when I was a child.

Basic Place Setting

When teaching children how to set a basic place setting, tell them to remember:
Left to Right:
F - Fork
O - for the shape of the plate
R - Okay, so there really is not anything for the letter R.
K - Knife
S - Spoon

Informal Place Setting

As you can see, this is a setting for a buffet dinner since there is no dinner plate.

A. Dinner Plate if you chose to serve in this manner
B. Forks. Salad Fork on the left. Dinner Fork to the right of the Salad Fork.
C. Napkin
D. Dinner Knife with the cutting edge facing the plate.
E. Spoons. In this setting, soup will be served prior to the main course, so it is placed in the outside position, keeping with the idea that you work from the outside in with your utensils.
F. Glasses. Water Glass above the knife and wine glass to the right of the water.
G. Salad Plate
H. Bread Plate with Butter Knife placed diagonally.
I. Dessert Spoon and Fork.
J. Coffee Cup and Saucer

Formal Place Setting

A. Dinner Plate or Charger if a buffet style dinner is being served.
B. Butter Plate
C. Dinner Fork
D. Fish Fork
E. Salad Fork
F. Dinner Knife
G. Fish Knife
H. Salad Knife
I. Soup Spoon or Fruit Spoon
J. Oyster Fork
K. Butter Knife
L. Glasses - can number up to 5 and are places so that the smaller ones are in front.
La. Water Goblet placed directly above the knives.
Lb. (not shown) Champagne Flute would be placed to the right of the water goblet.
Lc. Red Wine Glass
Ld. White Wine Glass
Le. Sherry Glass
***If I ever drank this much alcohol at a dinner party, someone would have to fish me out from under the table!...maybe with the fish fork!**
M. Napkin

The 15th century saw the arrival of the "touaille", the ancestor of our napkin. This was a strip of material more than 13 feet long, folded in two over a stick and attached to the wall like a dish towel. However, it was not used much.


PAT said...

I'm enjoying this series, very much!!

Thank you!


Cottage said...

Julie, indeed I have enjoyed your sharing! We forget that we can still enjoy the proper ways even when dressed in jeans and having simple meals. What a delight to add value and quality to each meal in this way.


restyled home said...

I've never done the formal place setting, but I have done the informal option (although that's as formal as I'll get). I am glad to see I am doing it correctly!!
Thanks for the guide!!


Kari said...

Thank goodness the "touaille" never really caught on. Eeeww. Or should I say, thank goodness it evolved into our "napkin". I MUCH prefer the napkin!

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