Grand Lake Holiday Table Setting Tips

Grand Lake Holiday Table Setting Tips

Entertaining is always fun and easy around Grand Lake when you have a few of the basics covered.  I wanted to share a few tips to keep your holiday events running smoothly.  I’ve had fun sharing these tricks with my grandchildren too!

From the Emily Post Institute here are 2 ways to set the table depending on how formal a meal it is.

Place Setting Guide

For a basic table setting, here are two great tips to
help you — or your kids — remember the order of
plates and utensils:
1. Picture the word “FORKS.” The order, left to right, is: F for Fork, O for the Plate (the shape!), K for
Knives and S for Spoons.

Okay — you have to forget the R, but you get the idea!)
2. Holding your hands in front of you, touch the tips of your thumbs to the tips of your forefingers to make a lowercase ‘b’ with your left hand and a lowercase ‘d’ with your right hand. This reminds you that “bread and butter” go to the left of the place setting and “drinks” go on the right.

When an informal three-course dinner is served, the typical place setting includes these utensils and dishes:

Informal Place Setting for Multi-Course Meal

a. Dinner plate (b) Two Forks (c) Napkin (d) Dinner Knife (e) Spoons (f) Glasses

Still confused?  Watch this video Holiday Table Setting Made Easy   from the Emily Post Institute.

Other dishes and utensils are optional, depending on what is being served, but may include:
(g) Salad Plate (h) Bread Plate with Butter Knife (i) Dessert Spoon and Fork (j) Coffee Cup and Saucer
A few additional  tips for setting the table:
● Knife blades are always placed with the cutting edge toward the plate.
● No more than three of any implement is ever placed on the table, except when an oyster fork is used in addition to three other forks. If more than three courses are served before dessert, then the utensil for the fourth course is brought in with the food; likewise the salad fork and knife may be
brought in when the salad course is served.

Sparkling Holiday Table Setting

● Dessert spoons and forks are brought in on the dessert plate just before dessert is served.

Of course many hostesses mix and match china and cutlery to create their special look.  I add custom place mats, table runners, napkins and cloths to my table settings.  This gives you the option to dress-up or create a more casual look depending on the occasion.  Don’t over-look opportunities to incorporate your beautiful collectibles into your holiday table setting.

My grandchildren delight in “knowing” which fork or spoon to use.  I have been known to create menus so I can incorporate different utensils or specialty bowls and plates.  This is a fun way to help the youngsters learn entertaining skills for when they are hosts and hostesses!

Thank you to my talented friend Mindy Harper for the ideas on this article.  Visit her at

Grand Lake Holiday Table Setting Tips giving you ideas for a wonderful season of sharing with friends and family.  For additional ideas call Charlotte East, owner Green Country Shutters at 918-783-5029.  Merry Christmas to One and All!


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