Ask Emma! “What is the correct way to lay a table for lunch and dinner?”

Community Question:

What is the correct way to lay a table for lunch and dinner?”

This week’s community question is from a lady who wishes to learn how to correctly set a table for luncheon or dinner in the UK.

You will notice that I am using the word ‘set’ rather than lay, the former is actually the correct terminology, although you will hear the word ‘lay’ being used sometimes.

In the following extract from my online signature programme, the Lady’s Social Etiquette & Empowerment Course, I explain the step-by-step process of setting a table, from choosing table linens to match the level of formality of the meal, to the maximum number of pieces of flatware (cutlery) that should be placed on the table.

I also answer the common conundrum of whether the pudding spoon and fork should be placed above the place setting or either side of it…