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The five basic rules to a properly set table.
Setting a table properly doesn't have to be a mystery. Follow these basic rules — but remember, you can break them, too.
5 steps to the perfect table setting
1 Utensils are arranged in the order of use - from the outside in.
2 Forks are placed on the left side of the plate, while the knives and spoons go on the right.
3 The napkin goes on the left of the forks or on the plate
4 Glassware is positioned directly above the knives.
5 The breadplate, if using, sits above the forks, with a butter knife laid across it.
PLUS: Dress up your table with these super-simple napkin folds!