I have struggled with the proper way to set the table my entire life. I finally learned what order to put the knife, fork, and spoon in when my dad said to set the table alphabetically. In other words- fork (plate), knife, spoon. Prior to that tip, I’d just slap down the silverware willy-nilly and make my mom nuts every time I did so.
So, to help you guys out, I went over to my mom’s house this afternoon (because I don’t think I have three forks that match each other, much less formal tableware- Fiestaware is as good as it gets in my house) and took pictures of the correct place settings.
Here is the correct place setting for a formal table:
(Yes, my photoshop skills are horrid.) Here it is without the handy annotations:
And, here’s an informal table setting:
And without words:
Now you can make your kids set the table and they can’t claim they don’t know how- just send them to Home-Ec 101!