by Linda on September 7, 2017

A utility knife


Seems the culture for using a knife started atleast two and half million years ago and were made from a variety of metals i.e. copper, brass, iron, steel and ceramics.


Their uses included hunting, carving and  eating. Knives were a tool as much as a utensil for eating.

As a utensil – the knife is quite useful but it was also a trap. During WWII, Americans could be discovered / uncovered because of the way they used the knife. Quite different from the Europeans’

From Dana Velden, author of

There are two basic methods for eating with a knife and fork. The “American” involves having your fork in your left and your knife in your right when cutting your food, then putting the knife down and switching your fork to your right hand to eat, tines facing upwards. (If you’re right-handed, that is.) With the “European” method, the fork remains in the left hand and the knife helps coax your food onto your fork. The tines remain facing downwards.



by Linda on September 6, 2017


Pink napkin in the center. Napkin in the center of the plate

Whose napkin is it anyway?

Is my napkin on the right of the place setting or on the left?

According to Emily Post (, this is where the napkins can be found.

“Napkin: The napkin is folded or put in a napkin ring and placed either to the left of the forks or on the center of the dinner plate. Sometimes, a folded napkin is placed under the forks.”

There is a caveat with this napkin information.

  1. The table setter needs to know where the napkins  belong in the place setting according to Emily.
  2. What about the fancy napkins. The napkins that are folded and displayed in a more decorative way?  Where do I find my napkin?  It is always on the plate or to the left of the plate.
  3. I sometimes love to put my napkins rolled to look like candle sticks in the drink glass – but that is on the right as in BMW. Bread – Main Meal – Water. –

A big thank you to and   Great photo’s – their sites have wonderful ideas.

Fancy – purple napkin folded with awesome peaks.



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