How to set the table: cutlery
Forks should be placed on the left and knives on the right, with the sharp edge facing the plate. The spoon should be placed on the right along with the knives only if the menu includes soups or broths. Cutlery should be arranged in the order it will be used: starter cutlery furthest from the plate followed in order by the rest of the cutlery that will be used. Dessert cutlery should be placed on top of the plate, but it is also good practice to bring it to the table directly when serving dessert. Never overdo the amount of cutlery: less is more, also at the dinner table.
How to set the table: glasses
Glasses should always be placed above the cutlery, on the right, in ascending order of size. One for water and one for wine. Flutes are a must if you are serving bubbly. If you want to break the mold, the good news is that setting the table with mismatching elements is an increasingly popular trend: the important thing is that the combinations are made carefully.
How to set the table: tablecloth and napkins
It is good practice to first lay a table protector, which muffles the noise of dishes placed on the table and protects it from stains. The actual tablecloth should be clean and nicely ironed. The standard drop is 25 cm per side but on more formal occasions you can also increase it by about ten centimeters. As for napkins, they can be rectangular or triangular: the important thing is that they are placed on the left or, on special occasions, in the center of the plate.
Remember that setting the table takes the same amount of time, whether you set it well or badly, so memorize these simple rules and don’t forget to add your own personal touch.