How To Create The Perfect Table Setting

Setting a table is not as difficult as it seems and there are many special events such as Christmas, dinner parties and birthdays where a formal table setting may be required. However, when it comes to the occasion, setting a table can seem like the most daunting task, but don’t make a meal out of it and read this handy guide to create your perfect table setting!




The main piece of any table setting is the crockery. Normally crockery is placed in the order that it will be used, starting from the outside.

Place a dinner plate in the middle of the table setting. If you’re using side plates, place them to the left of the setting, and if serving soup, the bowl should be placed on top of the dinner plate. For a classic look, try a white plate.


Cutlery & Glassware



Cutlery placement is probably the most important part of setting a table. Place the forks to the left of the dinner plate and the knives and spoons to the right. If serving dessert, place the dessert fork and spoon above the dinner plate. The spoon should be above the fork and the fork should be placed, pointing to the left. The spoon handle should point to the right. To complement the classic look we recommend using Grafton or Cumberland cutlery.


For the glassware, there should be three glasses on the table, placed to the right of the setting, above the table knife. There should be a water glass and two wine glasses if serving both red and white wine. You can also leave a champagne glass on the table too. Add some napkins and a candle for the finishing touches and you are done setting your perfect table.  


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