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.