I took a poll amongst my bowling league and various others I ran across this week and asked 1 simple question, “Where do you eat dinner?” I was utterly amazed at the answers. When I actually figured it out as a percentage, less than 10% ate at the table as a family. No wonder many of these kids do not know how to set a table properly, carry on a mealtime conversation or be meal time polite.
Consistently the answers were that they ate in front of the television and many said dinner was a free for all where everyone made their own. I have to admit I was appalled. When I was a kid, it didn’t matter how many activities were going on at school or scouts, I was expected home for dinner at a certain hour, no exceptions. I also had the chores of setting the table and cleaning up after.
So today’s topic is table settings. There are specific measurements, but we won’t get into those here. The basics are that the plate goes in front of the chair with the fork to the left of it, the knife and spoon to the right and all of them neatly placed. The napkin should be under the fork, to the left of it or if using napkin rings centered neatly on the plate. The glass goes just above the knife.
Bu sure you stop over and visit Diana over at Forgetfulone as she has wonderful diagrams of table setting layouts.
I want to expand on the basic topic and ask, How do you bring your family to the table for dinner, or do you? How do you teach your children table settings and do they have the chore(s) of setting the table and cleaning up?
Future themes are:
September 16th ~ Professional & Public Manners
September 23rd ~ Travel & Tipping
September 30th ~ Interrelationships Manners
October 7th ~ Babies & Showers
October 14th ~ Engagements & Weddings
October 21st ~ Deaths & Funerals