If you’re anything like me you probably get a little flustered when thinking about formal dining. What fork comes first? Where do I put my purse? And what the heck is a consommé? Lucky for us laid-back eaters, most modern dining events have adopted a more informal approach than the stuffy debutant dinners and fussy lady’s luncheons of yesteryear.
However, it’s still good to be well-versed in today’s table etiquette. We’ve rounded up a few top tips to help navigate the flatware and keep those elbows off the table. Plus, learn the dining etiquette tips you should follow at restaurants.
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If you’re hosting a formal event at home or attending one, make sure that the table is set with only the utensils that will be needed for the meal. The expert on all things etiquette, Emily Post, advises that you picture the word FORKS to assist with utensil and plate placement: forks (“F”), plate (the “O”), knives (skip the “R” and onto the “K”) and spoon (“S”). Learn how to set a table the right way.