Mistakes to avoid when setting the table

Mistakes to avoid when setting the table

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As the Top Chef program has just resumed, it may be time to review your knowledge in the table setting field. Nothing could be easier to succeed or to miss. Summary of what to avoid at all costs to properly set the table.

Mistake 1: choosing a centerpiece that takes up too much space

With a voluminous centerpiece, imposing chandeliers or large vases, we quickly imposed on the guests a painful hide-and-seek game: they will have to redouble their efforts to be able to speak and see each other at the same time. Even when this embarrassment starts with a good intention, the result is not glorious. Worse, the level of usability drops to zero. To remedy this, nothing beats a quick check before the arrival of guests: no object should disrupt our visual field! Better yet: limit yourself to a chic and "low" table decoration!

Error 2: tangling the brushes between the cutlery of the starter, the main dish and the cheese

Since childhood, we learn to set the table. And yet, as soon as we move on to more elaborate receptions, it sometimes happens that certain traditional codes escape us. So, when you have several forks and knives around the same plate (always 1 cm from the edge of the table), it is not a question of placing them unexpectedly! Indeed, each of them evokes the order of arrival of the dishes. Thus, to the left of the plate, the most distant fork is the first used (for the starter or for the appetizers) and the closest for the main dish, as for the knives and spoons, arranged as for them, to the right of the plate.

Mistake 3: hesitating to place the cutlery "down" or "up"

For those who think they can freely choose between cutlery pointing down or up, know that you are wrong. This provision is in fact the subject of a distinction between a "French" dressage and an "English" dressage. Result: if you set the table in French, the cutlery must be turned upside down (the teeth of the fork pointing towards the table and the dish of the spoon upwards) whereas if it is set up "à la English ", it is the opposite: the teeth of the fork must point upwards and the curvature of the spoon towards the tablecloth. The origin of this variant lies simply in the location of the family coat of arms that the noble families of the time wanted to highlight. Those of the French were located on the outside of the cutlery, those of the English on the inside!

Mistake 4: mistaking the location of the glasses

For those who place the glasses interchangeably, it is time to learn THE rule so as not to be mistaken. If the wine glass and the water glass have a specific place in front of each plate, it is always the smallest which occupies the right place, that is to say, the wine glass, and the largest , the water glass, which is on the left. The whole must be arranged slightly at an angle in decreasing order of magnitude, ie from left to right! Without forgetting that the wine glass is supposed to be aligned on the big knife!


  1. Palassa

    with interest, and the analog is?

  2. Stephon

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