- Make sure you plan the menu and number of guests in a timely manner. Gather the appropriate dishes and flatware.
- Determine what kind of linens will be used. From tablecloth to place mats, options are unlimited. Iron your linens, if needed. Place mats are suitable in place of a tablecloth.
- Set your centerpiece in the center of the table. Fresh flowers and candles are always a perfect choice.
- Place dinner plates one inch from the edge of the table in front of each chair.
- Lay the fork on the left side of the plate. The knife goes on the right-hand side, with the sharp side facing the plate. The spoon goes right next to the knife.
- Add any additional utensils, based on the menu. Spoons will go next to spoons and forks next to forks. Common additions include a salad fork and a soup spoon. The utensils should be placed in the order they will be used, with the first course utensils farthest from the plate.
- Put the glass directly above the knife and spoon. A wineglass can be placed next to the water glass, if wine will be served.
- Lay a napkin in the center of the dinner plate. A napkin ring will add a nice flair to the entire table setting.