I know this may sound very protocol but, personally, every time I have guests to eat I get tangled up defining where each element of the table goes. It is not uncommon for my guests to meet with cutlery upside down or with the wrong cup.
As this cannot continue happening, I began to look for how to set the table correctly and thus avoid new confusion and embarrassment (especially with my grandmother or in-laws).
Tablecloth or individual?
Let’s start at the base. It is important that we always protect our table, cushion bumps and everything that could damage its surface. If it is a dinner or formal meal, a tablecloth will be the best alternative (obviously clean and well ironed), but if the occasion is more informal we can opt for singles.
This is where I almost always make mistakes. If you are like me: take note!
We must always remember that the fork goes to the left of the plate and the knife and spoon to the right . The dessert spoon will go on top, on the main course.
In addition, they should be placed in the reverse order of the sequence of use, that is, the first ones we will use will be placed further outside.
The dishes will be ordered according to the food: the largest, for the meal, will go down, and then, on top, the smallest, which is usually used for entry.
The bread plate
If we are going to put this dish, it should always go next to the cups, above the cutlery on the left side.
If the occasion is a formal dinner you should at least put two glasses on the table: one of water and one for wine. The first must go to the left of the second.
Note: after all settings make sure that the round table base( ขา โต๊ะ แชมเปญ which is the term in Thai) is strong if you’re serving with round table because, most times when the round table is carrying so much load and not strong it causes disaster.