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Do you want to perfect dining etiquette and develop excellent party prep skills? Are you looking for ways to have fun with your kids in the kitchen and entertain them with new food ideas? Look no further! To impress your guests and family with fine cooking, this section is all about tips to help you come up with quick and easy meals and host unforgettable gatherings.

Table setting etiquette 101: what every host should know conquer-the-kitchen

Table setting etiquette 101: what every host should know

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Table setting is not as hard as it seems. However, you might feel a bit unsure about arranging utensils the right way, especially when you’re rushing to set the table before your guests arrive. Where do forks and knives go? Do the glasses go on the right or the left? We’ll start with the basics.


Rule number 1: how many plates should you use?

There are six types of individual serving dishes in order:

The service plate: used as a base for holding the rest of the plates.

The dinner plate: placed over the service plate and used for the main course.

The appetizer plate: goes over the dinner plate and used for individual starters.

The salad bowl: usually smaller than the dinner plate and perfect for salads.

The soup bowl: designed to hold foods with watery consistency such as soups.

The dessert plate: perfect for serving fruits, cakes and post-meal desserts.

And because sharing is caring don’t forget to use plates for shared appetizers such as California Garden Mashed Fava beans and Hummus Tahina Dip. If available, decorate the table with small baskets and use them to serve hot bread.

Rule number 2: how you should set the cutlery and cups

The basic cutlery setting is easy to master. Forks go on the left, knives and spoons go on the right. Just make sure that the knife blades are always facing the plate.

As for the cups, they should be placed above the spoons for serving juices and soft drinks, and above the fork for serving water.