My parents sent me and both of my brothers to cotillion classes when we were younger. I suppose in an effort to shape us into proper young adults. I think it worked…well, for the most part! I may not always mind my manners, but at least I know what I am supposed to be doing! We learned a variety of things from manners, to dance moves, to how to set a table. As I was thinking of this article, I realized that maybe more of the lessons stuck with me then I had originally thought. I may not know all of the steps to the Waltz anymore, but after doing some research online to verify my ideas about proper table settings, I surprised myself by how much I actually remembered.
If you are hosting Christmas dinner, and have found yourself wondering, “Where in the heck do I put the little fork?”, then keep reading because I’ll tell ya!
There are a number of different ways to set a table. I like to keep things fairly basic, so I am going to show you what I would do for a formal dinner. You can of course step things up a notch or tone it down also, depending on your style and meal plans.
And, here is a more informal place setting, with just a salad fork, dinner fork, plates, knife, spoon, and glasses. You don’t have to be super fancy about it! What are your holiday dinner plans?