15 Impeccable Table Manners Everyone Should Know by Now
The way you eat and behave at the table is still important. Follow these tips to have good table manners and impress those around you.
Don’t spit unwanted food into your napkin—remove it with your fork and place it on the side of your plate. If you’re dining out, these common mistakes can be especially embarrassing.
Finish chewing before you speak
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Never talk with your mouth full. You should always follow these etiquette tips when you’re a guest in someone’s home.
Hold your knife correctly
Don’t hold your knife poised as if ready to sign a check, and don’t point with any of your cutlery.
Use your napkin properly
A napkin is there to protect your clothes; use it to dab the corners of your mouth but never to polish your teeth. These are the etiquette rules everyone in the royal family must follow.
Never cut bread or bread rolls
Break the bread with your fingers and butter a small piece at a time. Breakfast toast is the only exception.
Add salt after you taste
Be careful not to insult your host by adding salt before you have tasted your food. You should also know these strange etiquette rules from around the world.
Limit your drinking
Don’t get drunk; you’ll look absurd. Here are 10 more table etiquette mistakes you need to stop making already.
Leave with grace
If you have to leave the table, only be absent for a short amount of time and leave your napkin on your chair while you are away. Memorize these etiquette rules about tipping around the world.