To set the table for a formal dinner, place a plate a little bit to the left of the center of the meal sheet. Place two forks to the left of the plate, The smaller fork is for the salad, and should be placed on the outer side. The inner fork is for the dinner. Place two knives to the immediate right side of the plate. The outer knife is for the salad, and the inner knife is for the dinner. Place two forks to the right side of the knives, the outermost spoon is for the soup, and the inner spoon is for the beverage. If there are any forks, knives or spoons above the plate, they are used for desserts.