If you’d like to set an authentic French table, this is an excellent article on how to do so. If you’re planning a trip to France, you can learn what to expect in restaurants and homes. Bon appetit!
Receiving guests around a dinner table is a a very important part of French culture. Having guests over for a religious occasion, anniversary or other important date requires flawless planning and execution. Every person sitting at the table will become a judge of the affair and any faux pas will necessarily become a subject of gossip for years to come. This may seem a bit exaggerated (and it is) but I do remember my mom really stressing trying to prepare Easter or Christmas dinners for a dozen family guests. So here are a few dos and don’ts for successfully setting a French table:
Silverware: They should be organized in the order in which they will be used from the outside to the inside.
Forks: Left of the plate, facing down.
Knives: Right of the plate, the cutting side of the blade facing toward the plate.
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