Setting the table correctly generally refers to preparing and arranging the table for a meal. Here are some basic steps you can follow:


Make sure the table is clean before you start placing utensils and dishes.
Use a clean, damp cloth to clean the table surface.
Placing the tablecloths:

If you are using tablecloths, place them evenly on the table. Make sure they are centered and the ends hang evenly on all sides.

Arrange utensils logically. Forks are usually placed on the left, knives and spoons on the right. The dessert cutlery is placed on the table above the plate.
Dishes and glasses:

Place the plates in the center of each place setting. The glasses are placed on the right, above the knives.

You can fold the napkins and place them in the center of each plate or on the side of the plate.
Service order:

If there are several dishes that will be served at different times, place the main dishes on the bottom and the side dishes on the top.
Cutlery order:

Cutlery is placed in the order in which it will be used, from outside to inside. For example, if a salad is served before the main course, the salad fork will be placed further to the left than the main fork.

If you have a centerpiece, make sure it is not too tall to allow for easy conversation between diners.

Make sure the chairs are placed correctly and evenly around the table.

Adjust the lighting to create a pleasant atmosphere, avoiding uncomfortable shadows on the table.
Decoration (optional):

Add decorative elements such as flowers, candles or other elements depending on the occasion.
Remember that these are just general tips and rules may vary depending on culture and personal preferences. The key is to create a welcoming and functional environment for your guests. And, if you need more help or are missing any element, visit Casa Canut · Art Deco Shop.