At the finest hotel there is always a table properly laid out for you. It creates the impression of elegance and fineness and assures you that your money and time are well utilized, by choosing the particular place to dine at. Making your guest feel special, cared for and looked after, is the whole aim of learning the etiquette for proper table setting.
Next to the plate, on the left hand sides are two forks, one smaller and one taller. The taller one, will be placed first, closer to the plate and the smaller one will be placed after that. The smaller fork is used to eat appetizers and the taller one is used to have the main course. Hence, they are arranged in the order of the need.
On the immediate right hand side, place a dinner knife, with the blade facing the plate. Then place the spoon, again to the right, with the dessert spoon to the immediate right of the knife and the soup spoon next to it. Again, the spoons will be placed in the order of the need.
Glasses for drinking water, juice or an alcoholic beverage, will be placed on the top most right corner, above the knives and spoons. If you are serving salad, place the salad plate next to the forks. Place the bread and butter platter above the forks. Place the dessert spoon and fork on the right top corner, if you are serving the dessert, immediately.
The fish fork will be placed farthest to the right. The number of forks and knives will depend on the number of courses. The fish knife will be to the right of the dinner knife, with the soup spoon next to it and the oyster fork next to it.
Setting your dinner table as per the etiquette is the basic step towards making your dinner disciplined. A well laid table looks inviting and encouraging to enjoy a hearty meal.