When casually eating, most don’t have a formally set dining table with multiple pieces of silverware and glassware. We rely on some basic rules that we learned as children such as not speaking with our mouths full of food. However, an upscale event, the etiquette rules are somewhat more complex. Here are five table etiquette tips that you will want to implement.
1. With Silverware, Begin from the Outside In
2. Place Your Napkin in Your Lap
Despite napkins storied history, they eventually developed their own rules of etiquette. When sitting down to eat, it is polite to take the napkin and spread it on your lap. Do not tuck it into the neck of your shirt. Use it to gently dab your mouth. If you are planning to leave the table for a short while, place your napkin on the seat or back or your chair. When finished, leave the napkin loosely folded on the left side of your place setting.