How to Set the Table for a Nice Dinner

Parents everywhere make kids set the table to teach some life lessons. But instead of learning how to set a table the right way, most kids are just chucking the absolute necessities onto the table in preparation for mom's famous ketchup meatloaf. Plate, glass, fork, boom, let's eat. 

This video is here to save the day, with a layman's guide to setting the table for a formal dinner. Even if you don't plan on holding a vigil for foie gras this summer, knowing how to handle a formal setting means that you can handle a setting for any level of formality. 

The formal set-up is a little more involved than a normal setting, and includes some steps that might be counterintuitive if you generally dip your bread in gravy (always) and aren't too worried about salad dressing residue greasing the entree.

On the other hand, if you give your plate its own plate when chowing down on a 2am burrito, then you're probably covered and don't need this video, which gives a full breakdown of a properly set table and the ways you need to construct your plate tower before dropping some swiss chard on your guests.

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Dustin Nelson is a News Writer with Thrillist. He firmly believes burritos should be eaten on butcher paper, like a juicy lucy from Matt's Bar. He’s written for Sports Illustrated, Men’s Journal, The Rumpus, and other digital wonderlands. Follow him @dlukenelson.