Wednesday, November 21, 2012

1960's Flashback and How to Set a Proper Table

It's that time of year again for formal holiday dinners and even informal get-togethers. I'm amazed when attending a formal dinner party (or even casual for that matter) or out to dinner at a local restaurant, the number of people who have no idea which side of the plate the dinner fork goes on, what fork goes to what or even which plate is my bread plate (or water glass)..left or right? Don't get me wrong, it took me a while to figure all this out, but it's necessary people! It's as a sign of good manners and upbringing that has totally fallen to the wayside in today's culture.

Your Home and You is a home economics textbook printed in 1961 and was used to teach teenagers cooking, homemaking, dressing, decorating, caring for children and even personal and family relationships. It really makes me laugh, but I wish some of these things were still taught in today's high schools. Do they even still teach Home Economics class?

These days a Home Maker's bible is the internet... Pinterest, The FlyLady and A Full Cup...a few of my personal favorites.

So, our lesson for today: How to Set a Proper Table

Casual Family Meals
The knife and teaspoon go to the right of the dinner plate, the napkin (yes mom, it's a paper napkin) and fork to the left. The glass goes above the knife.


Informal Dinners or Luncheons
The knife and soup spoon go to the right of the dinner plate, the dinner fork and salad fork to the left, and the dessert spoon and dessert fork above. Water and wine glasses above the knife and spoon to the right and bread plate above the forks on the left. Napkin to the left beside the forks.


Formal Meals
Knife, teaspoon and soup spoon to the right of the dinner plate. Dinner fork and salad fork to the left. Forks are always placed in order of use from the outside in. Arrange glasses above the knife, left to right starting with your water and then wine glasses. Bread plate to the left above the forks. Salad plate next to the forks and coffee cup and saucer and coffee spoon to the right of the setting. You can also choose to not include the coffee cup and saucer and salad plate in the setting and bring these items to the table as needed. Traditionally, the napkin is placed on the dinner plate, but since my plates are so pretty I don't want to cover them up. I place my napkin in the glass.




1 comment:

  1. Yes, what would we do without our proper table setting guides? Emily Post's "Etiquette" gets removed from my shelf occasionally. What a treasure to have your book from the 60s - the good ole' days. :-)
    His blessings,
    Kim @ Curtain Queen

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