It occurred to me the other day after sitting at a formal dinner party at a luxurious venue with incredible food that well over half of the guests were millennials and had no clue about table etiquette. I mean literally, y’all, phones out on tables, Tik Toks going mad, and the host just as oblivious. Here are some key ideas to live by when attending even the smallest in home fete or grand occasion dinner.
Chew with your mouth closed. No one wants to dine with a bovine. This is something that is elementary but often not paid attention to.
Keep your smartphone off the table and set to silent or vibrate. Wait to check calls and texts until you are finished with the meal and away from the table. Doctors on call are the exception to this rule.
Use the utensil that is the farthest away and work your way towards the center of the setting. ] Hold utensils correctly. Don’t use your fork or spoon like a shovel or stab your food.
There is no race to finish dinner. As a matter of fact, there is nothing more uncomfortable than finishing quicker than anyone else. It’s super awkward.
Wash up and come to the table clean. Don’t groom or attend to hygiene at the table.
No tooth picks at the table y’all. Keep it cool and if you must pick something out of your teeth, do it away from the table.
Remember to use your napkin. The napkin is placed in the lap the moment one sits down at the table. Place the napkin to the side when you get up during the meal. If you need to excuse yourself from the table, you should use one hand to pick it up and then loosely fold the napkin, placing it to the left or right of your plate. There is no need to refold your napkin, but try not to crumple it or make it into a ball.
Wait until you’re done chewing to sip or swallow a drink.
Avoid slouching and don’t place your elbows on the table while eating (though it is okay to prop your elbows on the table while conversing between courses, and always has been.
Instead of reaching across the table for something, ask for it to be passed to you.
Always pass both Salt and Pepper together
When you’re done, place the silverware at the center of the plate.
Bon Appetite and Good Luck!!!
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