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  • Bunny

    April 4, 2024 at 5:46 pm
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    Table etiquette refers to the manners and behaviors that are considered appropriate and polite when dining at a table, whether it’s in a formal setting, social gathering, or even at home. Here are some common table etiquettes:

    1. Napkin etiquette: Place your napkin on your lap as soon as you are seated. Use it to wipe your mouth, but avoid using it to wipe other parts of your face or blowing your nose. When leaving the table temporarily, place the napkin on your chair or to the left of your plate.

    2. Utensil usage: Start with the outermost utensils and work your way inward with each course. Use the appropriate utensils for each type of food. When you have finished eating, place your utensils on the plate or in the resting position (fork and knife crossed) to signal you are done.

    3. Proper posture: Sit up straight and avoid slouching. Keep your elbows off the table while eating, though resting them on the table between courses is generally acceptable.

    4. Polite chewing and eating: Chew with your mouth closed and avoid talking with your mouth full. Take small, manageable bites and eat at a moderate pace. Avoid slurping, smacking, or making loud noises while eating.

    5. Passing food: When serving food family-style, pass dishes to the right. Politely offer food to others before serving yourself. Use serving utensils, not your personal utensils, to transfer food to your plate.

    6. Conversation: Engage in pleasant conversation with your dining companions, but avoid discussing controversial or sensitive topics. Keep your voice at a moderate level and be mindful not to disturb others.

    7. Cell phone usage: It is considered impolite to use your cell phone extensively during a meal. Keep your phone on silent or vibrate mode and limit its use to urgent matters only.

    8. Thanking the host: Show appreciation to your host or hostess for the meal by thanking them before leaving the table or sending a follow-up message afterward.

    Remember, specific table manners can vary depending on cultural norms and the formality of the occasion. It’s always a good idea to observe and follow the lead of others around you, especially in unfamiliar settings.

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