HTSTS 760 x325

How to Set the Table Around the World

You will learn key lessons needed to understand the nuances of table settings for North America, several European countries and China.

 

Table setting customs vary greatly around the world. Students taking this course will gain a clear understanding of how tables vary amongst these regions and countries and within these regions, and how to correctly navigate the laying of a table so that it is accurate and beautiful.


How to Set the Table Around the World is an important step in learning not only how, but why tables are set the way they are in these regions. Students are exposed to both theoretical and important hands-on learning. Students who complete this course are fully equipped with a working knowledge of table setting from major areas of the world.


HOW TO SET THE TABLE AROUND THE WORLD - COURSE OVERVIEW

This program starts with Charles interviewing the renowned butler Mr. Rick Fink, discussing table setting experiences, trends and best practices. Charles then continues with the “tools of the trade,” transitioning to lessons on how to “lay a table. By this point, students will have a working knowledge of equipment and best practices of how to lay the table. The program then pivots into a deep dive, to understand table setting in four regions of the world. At the end of this program, students will find some fun and interesting bonus material, and those students who complete this course will have the ability to lay any dining table confidently and accurately.

 

Course Title:   How to Set the Table Around the World
Content Delivery:   Self-study classes taught by expert Charles MacPherson
Course Duration:   Nine modules to study at your own pace
Includes:  8 Self-study modules
  5 Self-reflection exercises

Bonus Value:

  • A Butler Stick
  • Online access to the lunch-and-learn series, The History of Domestic Service
Apply Now  How To Set The Table 

HOW TO SET THE TABLE AROUND THE WORLD  - COURSE DETAILS

   Module I: Introduction and Podcast Interview

Charles begins this self-study program with an introductory video to help students prepare for the program. As part of his podcast series “Speaking with Experts,” Charles sits down and has a wonderful conversation with British butler Mr. John Robertson who has been butler/house manager to two Forbes Billionaire List families and butler to senior members of British aristocracy. The two discuss all about the laying of the table of past and present and how that has changed.

  Module II: Tools of the Trade

As part of the preparation of how one sets a table, Charles explores some of the tools of the trade that anyone laying a table will need.

  • Working knowledge of the different silver cutlery pieces and what they are called
  • Knowing the difference between bone china vs. porcelain and what some of the different pieces are that are used when setting the table
  • Glassware and the different methods to place them on the table
  • Understanding the different types of materials of table linen and some basic napkin folds

  Module III: Laying the Table

Students will gain a clear understanding of the tools of the table and how to apply these tools with the process of laying both formal and informal tables.

  • Students will master using a butler stick to set any table accurately and symmetrically around the world
  • Understanding how to apply the 24” rule
  • Knowledge of why symmetry is important and how to make a table symmetrical
  • The ability to plan and execute the of setting of any table based on a butler’s best practices and system

  Module IV: The American Table

This module begins with a lesson on American menu structure, then follows with detailed instructions on how and why the American place setting is set the way it is. The module concludes with the journey of setting an entire table

  • Working knowledge of formal and informal menu structure
  • Knowledge of how to apply the correct pieces of cutlery for this region of the world
  • Proficiency to set an individual place setting based on an American menu
  • The ability to set an entire table based on an American menu

  Module V: The British Table

This module begins with a lesson on British menu structure, then follows with detailed instructions on how and why the British table is set the way it is. The module concludes with the journey of setting an entire table.

  • Working knowledge of formal and informal menu structure
  • Knowledge of how to apply the correct pieces of cutlery for this region of the world
  • Proficiency to set an individual place setting based on a British menu
  • The ability to set an entire table based on a British menu

  Module VI: The French Table

This module begins with a lesson on French menu structure, then follows with detailed instructions on how and why the French table is set the way it is. The module concludes with the journey of setting an entire table.

  • Working knowledge of formal and informal menu structure
  • Knowledge of how to apply the correct pieces of cutlery for this region of the world
  • Proficiency to set an individual place setting based on a French menu
  • The ability to set an entire table based on a French  menu

  Module VII: The Chinese Table

This module begins with a lesson on Chinese menu structure, then follows with detailed instructions on how and why the Chinese table is set the way it is. The module concludes with the journey of setting an entire table.

  • Working knowledge of formal and informal menu structure
  • Knowledge of how to apply the correct pieces of cutlery for this region of the world
  • Proficiency to set an individual place setting based on a Chinese menu
  • The ability to set an entire table based on a Chinese menu

  Module VIII: Additional Items

This module contains bonus content to help with additional tips and tricks on how to set the perfect table.

  • Working knowledge of how to write menu cards and where they are positioned at the place setting
  • Understanding of how to write place cards based on protocol rules
  • An introduction to flowers and how they are best used and applied to any table

you will love our ONLINE program

  Online Self-Study Class with Pre-Recorded Videos
Instructor
All classes taught by Expert Coach Charles MacPherson 
Duration
You will have up to 6 months to complete the course. Modules can be completed at your own pace, as your schedule allows
Self-reflection Assignment
Project Assignments
Lunch & Learn series:
The History of Domestic Service
Letter of Completion
Access to an instructor via email
Online testing
Self-reflection Assignments reviewed by Charles MacPherson with observations
Homework Assignments reviewed by Charles MacPherson with observations
Your very own Butler Stick
Program Cost
$750
Onetime Introductory Discount
25%
Your Actual Cost
$562.50
Payment, plus applicable taxes, if any, is due with your application. We accept payment by Visa, Mastercard and American Express. All amounts are in US Dollars.
 
 
Course Start Date
As soon as today
Course End Date
Up to 6 months from start date

Strengthen your future - Apply today! 

 
 
Apply Now  How To Set The Table 

A Letter of Completion, personally signed by Charles MacPherson, will be issued to successful students.


FOR WHOM ARE CHARLES MACPHERSON'S ONLINE COURSES INTENDED?

Online Courses from The Charles MacPherson Academy are perfect for those

  • hoping to join the world of private service
  • now working in domestic service or household management 
  • wishing to learn new skills and upgrade their role

If you are an employer looking to upgrade or professionalize the skills of your domestic staff, visit this page.

STILL WONDERING WHETHER YOU SHOULD APPLY?

WATCH THIS SHORT VIDEO. SEE EXPERT COACH CHARLES  MACPHERSON  IN ACTION ON TABLE ETIQUETTE.