Sunday, March 14, 2010

Dinner Table Etiquette - the 10 Do's!

Here are some tips on dinner table etiquette that will help you through any formal or semi formal lunch party or dinner party.
1. Once seated, unfold your napkin and use it for occasionally wiping your lips or fingers. At the end of dinner, leave the napkin tidily on the place setting.

2. It is good dinner table etiquette to serve the lady sitting to the right of the host first, then the other ladies in a clockwise direction, and lastly the gentlemen.

3. Hold the knife and fork with the handles in the palm of the hand, forefinger on top, and thumb underneath.

4. Whilst eating, you may if you wish rest the knife and fork on either side of the plate between mouthfuls. When you have finished eating, place them side by side in the center of the plate.

5. If the food presented to you is not to your liking, it is polite to at least make some attempt to eat a small amount of it. Or at the very least, cut it up a little, and move it around the plate!

6. It is quite acceptable to leave some food to one side of your plate if you feel as though you have eaten enough. On the other hand, don't attempt to leave your plate so clean that it looks as though you haven't eaten in days!

7. Desserts may be eaten with both a spoon and fork, or alternatively a fork alone if it is a cake or pastry style sweet.

8. Should a lady wish to be excused for the bathroom, it is polite for the gentlemen to stand up as she leaves the table, sit down again, and then stand once more when she returns.

9. Always make a point of thanking the host and hostess for their hospitality before leaving.

10. It is good dinner table etiquette to send a personal thank you note to the host and hostess shortly afterwards.

7 diner's comment:

Chubskulit Rose said...

Thanks for this sis, need to refresh my mind with some of these etiquettes lol..

Mel Alarilla said...

Hay naku Dhemz, hindi uso sa amin yan. Kapag nasa dining table na ay siguradong free for all at nawawala na ang dinner table etiquette, hehehe, lol. Actually mula nung umalis ang misis ko papuntang States eh wala na kaming sabay sabay na pagkain. Ang mga anak ko ay kanya kanya kung kumain sa harap nang TV o nang computer. Basta nagluluto na lang ako at inilalagay ang ulam sa mesa at sinasabi sa kanila na luto na ang ulam at pwede na silang kumain. Ewan ko ba, para kaming nasa Army at nag nagbu boodle fight palagi, lol. (Yun yung style sa Army na rambulan sa pagkain, lol). Sabagay magagamit ko rin yung post mo kung kakain ako sa formal dinner party pero malabo pa rin yun dahil ang naaatenand kong party ay puro rambulan din ang pagkain, hehehe, lol. Anyway, thanks for the informative post. God bless you all always.

Unknown said...

Table etiqutte 101 mn d i ni diri. very informative tsang. Pwedi naka mag business uf hotel and restaurant. I hire nya ko ha, tig jkaon lng aw tig hipus d i hhhhehehe.

eden said...

Great post, dhemz! and thanks for sharing.

Chubskulit Rose said...

daan muna ako dito bago magluto mwah!

Dean and Lee Schroeder said...

this is so nice Dhemz. When I was in HS, part ni sya sa amua T.H.E. Lingaw kaayo kay pa-sosyal gamay hehehe pero nice baya ni kay we have manners in front sa table. Thanks for sharing this one Dhemz

Eden said...

Hi, Dhemz!

Salamat sa visit ug comment.
Have a nice day always