One of the earliest tasks given small children is to help set the table. Knife on the right, forks on the left. Oh, when we were young and naive, we believed that is all it took to set a table properly! check out this diagram….
The isissies were raised in a home that was short on $$ and long on grace and hospitality. Our mother always tried to “set” the table-no eating in front of the tv-no grabbing a plate and running to our room-the food was blessed, conversation encouraged and we asked to be excused. In my family gatherings it is customary to kiss the cook upon being excused. I know, I know it is a different time-a different world, yet I am saddened to see the disregard so many children are learning to associate with an evening meal. While I am somewhat amused by the elaborate scheme of a “formal” place setting, I really like the idea of children learning to set the table in anticipation of sitting down with the family to wrap up their day.
Another page from our mother’s book of how to be gracious-she would invite people over after church and fix up some fried egg sandwiches. No one ever turned down an invitation from Shirley-though our home was humble by any measure, the food was always beyond good and the hospitality worthy of the most esteemed guest. It was never fancy-just welcoming. And, really, all the hub bub about etiquette and proper place settings should and is often rooted in what makes sense.
Take a peek at the diagram and just remember-flatware is used from the outside in-edge of knife toward the plate-water glass is above the knife-butter plate above the fork. You are ready to go to a formal dinner and have people watch you to see what to do next…..