In a world where people don’t always take time to sit down together for a meal, setting a proper table can seem like a quaint ritual: the fork on one side, knife and spoon on the other.
As young girls we were taught how to set a table. Of course most of our meals were informal, but we were always expected to set the table properly none-the-less, using the basic table setting method. We were also taught how to set a fancy table for more formal occasions, such as Easter or Thanksgiving dinner, or anytime we had special guests. We’ve carried this tradition into our own families, although we are admittedly much less formal most of the time. Weeknight dinners can be downright haphazard!