Thursday, November 26, 2009

Holiday Table Setting Etiquette

For many people being confronted by an array of cutlery at the Thanksgiving table can be daunting for some, especially if you not used to the fancy table setting at Grandma's house. Here's some good advice from Emily Post about table settings.

-Whilst eating, you may if you wish rest the knife and fork on either side of the plate between mouthfuls. When you have finished eating, place them side by side in the center of the plate.

-If the food presented to you is not to your liking, it is polite to at least make some attempt to eat a small amount of it. Or at the very least, cut it up a little, and move it around the plate!

-It is good dinner table etiquette to serve the lady sitting to the right of the host first, then the other ladies in a clockwise direction, and lastly the gentlemen.

-If bread rolls are served, break the bread between your fingers rather than cut it.

-When finished eating, position the knife and fork (or other cutlery used) side by side pointing into the centre of the plate.

Here's a good tip:
Put your hands out in front of you and use your thumb and your pointer finger on both hands to make a lowercase "b" with your left hand ("B" for bread - bread goes on your left) and a lowercase "d" with your right hand ("D" for drink- drink goes on your right).

A final word to remember is entertaining and food gatherings are suppose to be enjoyed! Don't become so concerned with table setting that you don't have a good time. As long as you have good manners and are polite it should all come natural.

Pugs & Kisses,


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