Encouraging Good Table Manners
With holiday meals soon to be in full swing, our younger diners may benefit from these simple tips for minding their manners when dining with others.
- If the meal is not buffet style, wait until everyone has been seated and has their food before beginning to eat.
- Place your napkin in your lap before beginning to eat and use it to dab your mouth, when necessary.
- If you have to blow your nose or pick your teeth, excuse yourself to go to another room or restroom.
- Always say “excuse me” should you burp.
- If you don’t think you like something that is being served, try a bit and then move on to the rest of the food on your plate.
- Always eat with utensils unless the food is meant to be eaten with fingers.
- Do not put your elbows on the table. (This rule is okay to break if you’re not actually eating.)
- Chew with your mouth closed and do not talk with your mouth full.
- Always say “thank you” when you are served.
- Politely ask that items out of reach be passed to you. Do not reach over other people’s plates.
- Eat slowly.