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Master dining etiquette

india Updated: May 29, 2010 00:52 IST
Aroma Sah
Aroma Sah
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If you have a dinner at home then mastering a proper table setting technique is important. Here are some useful tips:

For a formal table, use a linen tablecloth. A white cloth is preferred. Ensure that the linen patterns and china patterns don’t clash. For a romantic evening, use black linen table mats.

Dinner plates should be placed on the table first. Chargers are decorative elements that are placed underneath plates to add colour or texture to the table. Each plate should be set in the centre of the place setting, that are placed equidistant from one another. A beautiful silver charger that has a dinner plate with a black border and then a salad plate with a grey border on top will look both sophisticated and dramatic.

An essential part of the table arrangement should be a gorgeous candelabra centrepiece with long black tapered black candlesticks.

Linen napkins should be folded elegantly or rolled inside dramatic napkin rings. These are placed in the center of the dinner plate.

Silverware is placed in the order of use and an inch from the table’s edge. The first course will use the one farthest from the dinner plate, while the last course will use the one closest.

Knives are set to the right of the dinner plate and up to three can be placed, in order of use with the blades facing inside.

Forks are to be set to the left. These too are three — for seafood, main course and salad. Spoons are set to the right of the knives. If there is a dessert spoon, this will be set above the plate. Coffee spoons are set on the saucer when it’s time for dessert.

Glasses are set above the plate to the right in order of use. From left to right — aubergine crystal water glass, red wine crystal glass, sparkling white wine glass and champagne flute make the table setting look elegant.

With inputs from Faiza Seth, CEO and co-founder, Casa Forma and Swati Pandya Sood, décor stylist