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Table Ethics

Are you ever taken aback by the fantastic table setting in restaurants in Dubai that you want to try out similar styles at home? Dining tables are a special space to sit down and take a step back from the everyday exhaustion of our fast-paced lives. So whether you have an entire party planned at your house or are just planning to have an intimate dinner with friends, the table setting can break or make the get-together. 

While most people don’t care much for table setting, it can still be very appealing to the eyes. Not to mention, a set table gives the guests an idea of what to expect from you as their host. Of course, it’s not necessary that you prepare a stylish table setting just for guests. You can even set the table for when you sit down to eat mac-and-cheese or have the best afternoon tea. 

You can have all kinds of tableware in the world, but it’s not enough to have fancy silverware and china bowls. You need to know how to properly set the table. Here are some table-setting rules to help you set your table for casual, basic, and formal dining.

Casual Table Set-Up

This may be the best afternoon tea set-up, or the one table setting style that works for all informal occasions. Here’s how to go about it:

  • Lay your placement mat on the table
  • Place a serving plate right in the middle of the placement mat
  • Place a salad plate on top of the serving plate
  • Place the soup bowl atop the salad plate
  • Place your silverware to the left of your serving plate. Start with fork, then the salad fork
  • Place a knife to the right of the serving plate
  • Place a spoon to the right of the knife and water glass in the top right corner, above the knife
  • Place a wine glass to the right of the water glass
  • Place the napkin on top of your serving plate or underneath the forks​​​​

Basic Table Set-Up

It’s common to see restaurants in Dubai and around the world use a basic table set-up for most occasions. It works for all types of restaurants, including Fine Diner, as well as for other casual events. Let’s learn how to put together this style of table setting:

  • Begin with laying a simple placement mat on the table
  • Place a dinner plate right in the middle of the mat
  • Place a folded napkin to the left side of the plate
  • Top the napkin with a dinner fork
  • Place a knife to the right side of the serving plate
  • Set a water glass in top right corner, above the dinner knife
  • You can place a coffee mug on the right side of the water glass

Formal Table Set-Up

This one is the setting style that you find at fine dining restaurants like Fine Diner Dubai or at fancy dinner parties and other formal settings. Here is how this 6-course meal table setting style is put up:

  • Place your best tablecloth or table runner on the table
  • Set a serving plate in the center of the table setting
  • Place a salad plate atop the serving plate
  • Place a bread plate in the top left corner of the serving plate
  • Put the butter knife on the bread plate horizontally
  • Start placing the silverware towards the left of the dinner plate, beginning with a dinner fork and then a salad fork to the left
  • Place a knife to the right side of the dinner plate
  • Place a spoon to the right side of the dinner knife
  • Place a dessert spoon horizontally above the serving plate
  • Place a water glass and a wine glass in the top right corner with the wine glass on the outside 
  • Place a folded napkin on top of the salad plate
  • Place a cup and saucer below the glasses, with a dessert course

 

 

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