Table Manners: A Top Ten List

By November 27, 2014 Etiquette No Comments

Table Manners Aren’t Just About Making Your Mother Happy!!!

Whether care to acknowledge it or not, how we eat is an outward sign of our inner personality and character. By teaching table manners early and often, they’ll become second nature.

Has you family mastered these basic table manners?

Table Manners

“Don’t blow bubbles…”

Rule Number One

Before beginning your meal, store all electronic devices.

Rule Number Two

As soon as you sit down at the table, put your napkin in your lap – and don’t forget to use it during the meal if you need to blot your lips or wipe your fingers. After the meal, the napkin is to be loosely folded (soiled parts hidden and placed left of your plate.

Rule Number Three

Wait until everyone is served before picking up your cutler and beginning to eat.

Rule Number Four

Cut one bite of food at a time, sit up straight, and bring your food up to your mouth rather than lowering your head to the food, and never talk with food in your mouth.

Rule Number Five

If you need to rest your hand, prop your wrist on the edge of the table, or put it in your lap. No arms or elbows on the table.

Rule Number Six

Eat as quietly as possible. Avoid making noises of any kind, either with implements against the plate or teeth, or bodily noises such as slurping, lip-smacking, or burping.

Rule Number Seven

Ask for food to be passed to you. Salt and pepper are always passed together, and food is passed to the right.

Rule Number Eight

When you’re finished eating, place the knife and fork parallel to each other (tines up, knife blade in) with the handles on the right rim of the plate in the four o’clock position. (Six o’clock position in Europe.)

Rule Number Nine

No grooming at the table — this includes picking your teeth, blowing your nose, or fixing your hair and makeup.

Rule Number Ten

Always say, “Excuse me” when leaving the table. It isn’t necessary to tell where you’re going or what you’re doing.

In today’s seemingly casual world, people are paying more attention to the importance of etiquette so it is essential to master this valuable skill! Practice and encourage these simple manners daily to make them a habit so that you and your family will have table manners befitting royalty.

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