How to set the table – Anna Post

Have you ever helped set a table and found yourself wondering where to place the forks? Or sat down to eat a restaurant and wondered which utensils to use? Well, here’s some simple,
traditional etiquette tips on how to set a table. What would happen if you
set a table like this? It doesn’t look good, and you have to clean up the mess before you can even start. Let’s try another way. To start, use a placemat or tablecloth, but not both, so the dishes aren’t
directly on the table. This is more about looks than etiquette, but it’s rare to see nothing under a plate unless you’re eating at a picnic table. Set out any flowers, candlesticks, or other decorations you like. Candles are usually only lit at night. Start with utensils for the main course, putting your dinner fork on the left and your dinner knife
on the right-hand side since these are the hands
we use them with. Here’s a helpful tip: You always eat outside-in, so to set for salad, we’ll put the salad fork to the outside of the dinner fork and the salad knife
to the outside of the dinner knife. We’ll have salad first, then our main course. Notice, too, that the knife blades are both pointed toward the plate. This is an old tradition from a time when dinner
knives were quite sharp, and it was a sign of politeness
and nonaggression to keep them pointed
away from other diners. We might have some soup, and since soup usually comes first, the soup spoon goes outside the knives since we use our right hand to hold it. Here’s another tip: Only set the table with what you’ll need. If you’re not eating soup, don’t set a soup spoon. Now, for dessert, we’ll have ice cream so we’ll place the dessert up top since we don’t need it for a little while. Notice that the bowl of the spool is pointing to the left. This way, when it’s time to eat, you just slide it down and it’s in the right spot. If you were having cake, you’d set a fork and flip it 180 degrees so it would be right side-up
on the left instead. Next we’ll anchor
our setting with the plate. You can also serve from the kitchen then bring them to the table. The bread plate goes
up and to the left of the setting, and the butter knife goes
on the plate at an angle, again, with the blade pointing in. There’s only one spot left, and that’s for the drinks. Set the wine glass to the upper right, and then place the water glass
to the left of it at an angle. If you’re like me and can never remember which goes where, think water, wine, w-a, w-i; a, i; they go left to right
in alphabetical order. Another tip: To remember left and right
with the bread and the drinks, think B-M-W like the car. B, your bread plate, is on the left; M, your meal, is in the middle, and W, your water, is on the right. Lastly, the napkin traditionally
goes to the left of the forks, though it’s okay to put
it underneath them, too. For a fancier meal like this one that takes up a lot of space, we’ll put it in the middle. Now we’re ready to eat. Hopefully these tips will be helpful the next time you’re asked
to help set the table or sit down at a fancy meal. Enjoy!

100 thoughts on “How to set the table – Anna Post

  1. i like the video. but it really based on the cultural. Asia, we use also chopstick or hand or maybe just spoon and fork… here some suggestion: You could add on the title like "European style"

  2. who started this idea of how to set a table properly? It's a nice concept but it is not necessary imo. Set that shit at my house and i'll slap you.

  3. I eat with spoon and fork. Not fast eater or lazy, it's our culture. But historically and ethnographically, we only use hands.

  4. would the left handed people or vice versa have to have each their own hand set up. so with this set up you would change the utensils for each person if they are left or right handed  – would that work, or do they just change it themselves

  5. Where is the manner of clear up..? your hand take it the plate from beside of the guest? And You call the guest with your hand during clear up? Come on bro..

  6. thank you we gkt first place in cooking in my class we where 96% and i was asigned to do the table so this helped alot and second place had 95% that was a close call! and third place had 86% wich is low tho
    and after i setted the table i actually just sat down lol!😂

    p.s. thank you so much!😀

    p.s.swe made a life supply of our food XD

  7. This video is very offensive to left-handed people. But luckely it's my first remark on a TED-ed video in 1.5 years of watching.

  8. Only dz u know ito mga alam ng mga taong Nawawalaan ng ng awa sa mahihirap kasi palagi lang ito yong ini imagine nila kong paano humarap ng maganda masarap makamundo kong saan yong marinig nilang masarap doon nanaman sila kong saan yong sikat doon sila

  9. you forgot that the knife/forks/spoons are to be 1 inch from the edge of the table?? Me too, never heard of a salad fork, usually salad fork is smaller than the dinner fork, I think you need to gain more knowledge, this to me is not very "classy", Sorry, the guests should be served proper table etiquette, beginning from seating to ending, and a whole lot more during the dinner/high tea or what ever your planning to teach here.

  10. You should actually wrap your utensils in a cloth napkin and place it on the plate. You dont know who will sit where that is left handed.

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