How To Set the Table

Learn how to set a formal table setting with help from Editor-at-Large Kimberly Schlegel Whitman.


[MUSIC] Hi, I'm Kimberly Schlegel Whitman, Editor-at-Large at Southern Living. Here's how to set the table for a formal occasion. We'll start with a place mat, and then we'll add a charger. It's not necessary, but its a great way to frame the rest of your china. So first we have our place mat, then our charger plate, and then the dinner plate. Then we're gonna add in the flatware in the order our guests will use them. You have a salad fork, a dinner fork, a dinner knife, a teaspoon, and a soup spoon, and just a little trick, lay them out in alphabetical order, fork, knife and spoon. Then we'll add our dessert fork and spoon up at the top. Next comes the glassware. You want to have a water goblet, a glass for white wine, and a glass for red wine. Bring out your prettiest linen napkin. Of course, we had this one monogrammed. We can add it in a bread and butter plate. Another little trick to help you remember that your bread plate is always on your left is that the order goes BMW, bread, meal, water. The coffee service, when it's time for that, will go over here. And I think every guest feels special when you add a place card. Don't be afraid to mix and match your best things, like we did with this crystal. Remember to be playful, have fun, and have a great time entertaining.
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