Good Table Manners vs. Bad Table Manners
These days, more often than not, meals are a hurried affair, often consumed in the car, at a work desk or in front of the TV. Sometimes, though, we are called upon to stop our multi-tasking ways and to eat a meal at a table, just like we did in the good old days. For some of you, this may mean clearing off that oval shaped thing in your dining room/office that is covered with months of paperwork and tracking down the dining room table chairs that your kids have taken into their rooms as office furniture. And it also means brushing up on your good table manners and dinner etiquette.
Whether it is a business event, a date, meeting your boyfriend’s parents over dinner or even a nice evening out with your spouse, it is important you do not embarrass yourself and/or your fellow diners with bad table manners. Table manners are definitely a reflection on you and although you may be forgiven for using the wrong fork with your salad, slurping and belching your way through a fancy dinner will not impress anyone (and probably will guarantee you are never invited back again). In this section, we cover: table manners for kids; American table manners; formal dinner etiquette; French table manners; white dinner jacket etiquette; dinner invitation etiquette; dinner date etiquette; and dinner etiquette. As you can tell by the section titles, we will not only help you know how to conduct yourself properly at the actual meal, but, we also provide the typical basic etiquette expectations for when you are throwing a dinner party. Let’s get cooking!