The placement and use of flatware made easy.
Setting the silver doesn't require a road map. Place the pieces in the order they'll be used, working from the outside in. Here's how the items shown are traditionally used, from left to right:
Cocktail fork: for seafood or fruit cocktail, lobster, and for serving pickles or olives.
Salad fork: salads, fish, pies, pastries, and cold meats.
Fish fork: in place of the dinner fork when fish is served.
Dinner fork: for all entrees except fish.
Steak knife: for cutting meats.
Fish knife: in place of dinner or steak knife when fish is served.
Butter knife: to spread butter pats, soft cheeses, chutneys, and relishes.
Dinner knife: for all entrees except fish.
Soup spoon: to dip desserts, cereal, soup, or as a small serving spoon.
Teaspoon: coffee, tea, fruits, and some desserts.
Iced beverage spoon: to stir any tall beverage or dessert.
Demitasse spoon: serve with after-dinner coffee, condiments, and caviar.