Tuesday, April 9, 2013

How to Properly Set a Dinner Table

More and more people are turning to eating at home instead of eating out at restaurants on a regular basis. They are finding that it is not only possible to be healthier when they eat at home, it is possible to save quite a bit of money as well. Keep in mind, just because you are eating at home does not necessarily mean that you need to eat in front of the television on a nightly basis. If you understand how to set a table properly, you may not only enjoy a home-cooked meal, you can enjoy it in style.

You should understand that there is going to be a difference between setting a dinner table for your family and setting it for guests. In most cases, your family is only going to need to have the necessary instruments on the table in order to eat and enjoy the meal. That doesn't necessarily mean, however, that you should skip some of the niceties that may be necessary for a more formal gathering. You can use this time, as a matter of fact to help train your children as to how a dinner table should be set and what type of manners are expected when they are in public.

As far as the silverware is concerned, all that is really necessary is for you to have a fork, spoon and knife at the dinner table. For more formal meals, several different forks and knives may be necessary and you may need a soup spoon along with a common spoon. Set the silverware properly at the plate, with the fork being on the left, the knife being directly on the right and the spoon being on the right side of the knife. If you have a difficult time remembering this, just try to remember that the word fork and the word left both have four letters.

For more formal table setting, you may want to include some additional items to the room. These can include items from designers Dozorme or Jan Barboglio but typically, you will have something that can work for the occasion. If you are having a formal dinner party, don't wait until the last minute to set the table. Set the table a few times in advance so that you can feel comfortable with it. When the day is arriving for the dinner party, try to set it in advance of the party so that you don't have to worry about it while you are greeting guests and being the perfect host.

One other thing that you may want to consider when having dinner with your family is table manners. There are many things that should be considered in this regard, including eating with your mouth closed, not using your fingers and keeping your elbows off the table. These are not simply things that you do in order to be polite when you're around your family, they are life skills that are going to make a difference in how you are received when you are with other individuals.

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