Dinner Party Table Setting


Make your next dinner party the best it can be with these table-setting tips.

Dinner Party Table Setting

Homemade Tablecloth

When you're having a dinner party it's very important to keep your guests' feelings in mind. You want them to feel comfortable and welcomed so that conversation will be at ease. This should start at the table.

If you have a glass-top table, make sure to cover it - you don't want to give guests something to talk about if if some people's skirts or dresses are shorter than others.

All you need is a piece of remnant fabric that you may have at your house, no-sew fusible fabric tape, a damp cloth and an iron. Use the fusible tape to sew up a quick hem and voila, you have a tablecloth!

Setting the Table Correctly

We've created a little guide to show you how to set any table for your dinner party. Scale it back according to the menu and what is being served, as well as how formal it will be.


  • Everything should be at least an inch from the edge of the table.
  • The golden rule is to always work from the outside in. Use the outside knife and fork for the first course, and then simply work inwards for each subsequent course.
  • Knives are always to the right, and forks are always to the left.
  • Knife blades always face the plate.
  • The napkin goes to the left of the fork, or on the plate.
  • The soup spoon, if required, will always be on the extreme right if being served as a first course.
  • Dessert cutlery will always be at the top of the place setting with the fork facing right and the spoon positioned above this with the bowl facing left.
  • Bread plate and knife are placed to the top left if needed

There you have it: all the knowledge you need for a good looking table!


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