3. How to remember this Make an "okay" sign with both hands by touching the tip of each thumb to the tip of your forefinger. Your left hand will form a lowercase b (for bread), and your right will form a d (for drinks). Or remember the acronym BMW: bread, meal, water/wine.
4. Worst-case scenario If a dinner companion mistakenly uses your bread plate, don’t throw the rest of the table off by commandeering the next nearest one. Discreetly ask the waiter for a new one, or skip the bread.