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Setting a proper table: there are no "individual rules" for Germany. You just want to make sure that the overall arrangement is pleasant (flowers and centerpieces are very common), and that your plates and glasses are not chipped. If in doubt where to put cutlery, wrap knives and forks in a napkin, or place in a nice bowl. Spoons are placed on either side, or in a saucer (coffeecup!). If serving fish you may want to add a 'fishknife', but it is not strictly necessary.