A formal table setting includes many pieces: a table cloth, chargers, dinner plates, soup bowls, salad plates, bread plates, napkins, salad forks, dinner forks, knives, soup spoons, butter knives, dessert spoons, water glasses, red wine glasses, and white wine glasses.
The basic rule is: Utensils are placed in the order of use; that is, from the outside in. A second rule, with only a few exceptions, is: Forks go to the left of the plate, and knives and spoons go to the right. And finally, only set the table with utensils you will use. No soup; no soup spoon.
Basic table setting? FORKS is key; F for the Fork, O for the Plate (the shape), K for the Knives and S for the Spoons. Other handy hints to help, too!
Hosting a dinner party for family and friends is one of life's great highlights. It's an excuse to slow down from the busyness of life's rush and enjoy good company .