At home or outside, proper table etiquette is what makes eating more pleasant. Table manners are basically how we eat, and how we use utensils while eating. It is very important for a human being to eat like a human. Table manners have the tendency to make your and your fellow meal delightful. Here, am going to highlight 20 table manners that everyone must know and apply.
20 Table Manners that You Must Master
Following is a list of 20 basic table manners:
- It is best to wash your hands before meal, or use a sanitizer.
- Keep your phone on silent or vibration, and do not use it on the table. Wait to check calls and messages until you are finished with the meal. If it’s urgent then get away from the table by saying ‘Excuse me’ and attend the call.
- Place Napkin on your lap. If you temporarily leave the table, put it on your chair. When the meal ends, wrap the napkin and put it on the table on your right hand side.
- Start eating when everyone else on the table has been served, including the host.
- Chew food with mouth closed.
- Don’t make noise with utensils i.e. make sure your spoon or fork is not hitting with the plate. Keep it as quite as possible.
- Don’t talk with mouth full. Swallow your food first.
- Swallow your food first and then take a sip of drink. Do not eat and drink at the same time.
- If you need something from the other side of the table, politely ask for it to be passed to you. Do not lunge over the entire table to get it.
- Do not burp, cough, sneeze at the table. It’s nasty! If you really have to then be discreet about it.
- Keep your elbows off the table while eating food, but you may keep it while making conversation. There is no hard and fast rule about it.
- Take part in dinner conversation with others.
- Use tissue or napkin to clean your mouth and hands during the meal. (usually while eating burgers or ketchup)
- Don’t pick your teeth at the table.
- Cut only one piece of food at a time.
- Do not grab everything in your plate in one go from the serving dishes, wait to finish first.
- Don’t eat directly from the serving dish.
- Make sure there’s enough food for everyone. Don’t eat other people’s food. If you are hungry then ask to fill in the serving dish.
- If you are at the restaurant be polite with servers and waiters.
- If you leave from the table temporarily place your knife and spoon across each other. When the meals end, place your knife and spoon diagonally beside each other.
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