Proper conduct at the dinner table is becoming a lost
art. The following is a list
of things everyone should consider when sitting down to eat.
Conduct at the dining Table
coming to the table, be clean, neat, appropriately dressed (wearing a
shirt and hair combed) and wash & dry your hands.
Be on time.
napkin should be placed in your lap, folded halfway.
first person to take a bite of food should be the person who prepared
up straight with both feet on the floor.
rest your arms/elbows on the table.
with one hand and rest the other in your lap.
and boys can help women be seated (pull out their chair).
only of pleasant things at the table, and don’t interrupt another
talk with food in your mouth.
say you don’t like something that is being served.
Take a small helping and eat it out of respect for the cook and
host. You don’t have to
is passed to the right.
not overload your plate.
with your mouth closed.
serving yourself, be sure and use the serving utensil, not you own
eating soup, spoon away from yourself.
reach for food, say, “Would you please pass the _____.”
talking or drinking, be sure you do not have food in your mouth.
spit food out if it is too hot. Drink
water to cool off the food.
your napkin to clean you mouth and hands before getting up from the
you must sneeze at the table, use your napkin and sneeze downward and
away from others and your plate.
may leave to table when everyone is finished.
Children may ask to be excused early if adults wish to stay and
talk. Children should
address whoever prepared the meal and say, “I enjoyed my meal, may I
finished, place napkin to the left side of your plate, or if plate has
been removed where plate was.
leaving the table, be sure to push your chair under the table.
Men – Remove hat or cap at table.
Restaurant – If you drop a utensil, do not pick it up.
The waiter will bring you another one.
1. Only cut two to three
pieces at a time.
finished cutting, lay the knife on the plate and use your fork for eating.
Bread and Butter
the table includes a butter plate, bread and butter are placed on this
eat bread when you have an eating utensil in either hand.
not in use, the butter knife remains on the butter plate.