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Table Setting - Formal Information
Table Setting - Formal
Utensils are ordered so that the outside utensils are used first. Note that the above setting is the European Style where the salad is eaten at the end. Americans will typically reverse the position of the salad and the standard fork.
Formal settings are merely an elaboration on the informal setting. They involve a service plate to accomodate salad. This plate is placed on top of the dinner plate and removed after the course comprising the salad. A separate plate for bread is also provided and possibly an additional glass should more than one wine be served. Another feature of formal dining that may be either treacherous or enhancing to the evening, is the name card, designating the seating arrangements for the table. The name card should have a prominent position just above the dinner plate.
Less formal, but often far more convenient and expedient than the informal setting is the buffet form of serving. In this, the food is neither placed on the table nor served by wait staff. Instead, the food, and often the plates and utensils are provided at a table or counter and the diners are left to choose their own utensils, food and beverages. This manner of serving guests is often used when large numbers are to be present at a meal, especially if the event is to be informal. If your guests will not be eating from tables try not to serve dishes requiring the use of both hands such as slabs of meat. This can be the foundation for many spills and disappointment. If Informal Table Settings are of interest go to this page Helpful Informal Table Setting Tips .
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