If you’re wondering how to set cutlery for a formal dinner, there are a few things to keep in mind for the cutlery order. You’ve preheated the oven, your food is ready to be cooked, but you’re still wondering where the knives and forks go? We’ve been there – and have mixed up our left and right sides often enough. Here’s the right cutlery order! You can also consider the other elements of setting the table for a truly elegant affair.
- If you are using placemats, put them down where you want the centre of your table setting to go for each person.
- Put the main dinner plate on the placemat in the middle.
- The knives and spoons go on the right of your plate, and the forks go on the left.
- If you are using more than one fork, knife, and spoon, your cutlery should be placed so that your diners can work their way from the outside to the inside. The first knife and fork used should therefore be on the outside.
- Knife blades should face towards the main dinner plate.
- Dessert gets a special treatment – dessert knives and spoons get put above the plate. The fork points to the right, and the spoon points towards the left, as if the two are in a top-tail sleeping position. The fork sits below the spoon.
- Side plates for salad or bread get put to the left of your main plate, often above the placemat
- Finally, for drinks, put a water and a wine glass to the right of the setting.