Basic Dining Table Etiquettes Every One Should Know
Dining table manners are necessary even at an informal get-together. Basic mannerism can go a long way in handling social situations better.
Dining over a professional success or a family get-together and not following basic table manners is considered rude in most cultures. Table etiquettes are not just about holding the correct cutlery or the hand towel protocol. It is more than that and involves subtle behaviours like how you eat, talk between meals or sitting position. Some of these mannerism goes back to ancient culture! These etiquettes are a window to a country’s culture.
Wait till everyone arrives
It is considered rude in every culture to start eating before everyone arrives at the dining table. Taking off without permission is also not acceptable. This rule does not apply to a buffet dinner.
Talking with a mouth full of food or blowing on food
Do not talk while your mouth is full. You might end up spilling over food on other people around the table or food might get stuck in your windpipe, causing an uncomfortable situation. Also do not blow on your food even when it is piping hot. Wait for a few minutes for it to cool down.
Using the cutlery right
During grand dinners with elaborate cutlery being arranged, thumb’s rule is to start with the utensil that is farthest and then work your way to the centre with every course being served. Some of the food being served, however, requires using your hand. Do not try to use cutlery for eating them. Eat with small bites and try all the items unless you are allergic to any of its ingredients.
Using hands while dining
Keep your elbow off the table. In case you spill something, pick it up and blot using a napkin where ever you have spilt food. Place the napkin on your lap and the hand not in use on your lap. Sit upright and do not slack. Never reach across the table if you want something. Ask your fellow diners to pass the condiments.
Seasoning your food on the table
If you want to adjust the seasoning of the food first take a bite and only then add salt and pepper to your food. It is considered a rude gesture as if you do not trust your host’s cooking skills. Also whenever someone asks for salt hand over both salt and pepper together in case, he needs the other item too.
Thank the host
One etiquette common to every culture is thanking the hosts for inviting over and for the food. Leaving without informing the hosts unless it is absolutely urgent is the worst thing you can do. Stick around for at least an hour after the meal before saying goodbye and if it is an informal dinner offer to help them clean-up!
Good manners at the table will help you handle social situation elsewhere.