What are table manners? Table manners are the rules of etiquette that you must follow when eating. These can include things like saying please and thank you and using utensils correctly. These table manners differ from country to country and within families. Hopefully you can pick up a few good habits. Here are a few to start. Keep reading to learn more. And remember, you can always improve your table manners and impress your family and friends!
Saying please and thank you
Children learn the basics of saying please and thank you at the dinner table by watching and listening to their parents. They will imitate your actions and will sit by themselves when they’re old enough to do so. When you do need something, you can ask the person nearest to you to pass it to you. When you’re not the one who’s bringing the food, be sure to extend your hand to say “thank you.”
When talking with others, don’t talk with your mouth full. This is rude because you might accidentally knock someone else’s food or tip them for it. It’s also rude to belch and burp while eating. Make sure to swallow your food before you start talking to them. Don’t use electronic devices at the table, either. If you must, collect them before the meal begins. This way, you can focus on your food and the conversation.
Using a napkin
The rules for using a napkin as table manners vary depending on the occasion and type of meal. In formal occasions, napkins must be fully opened and used twice. Using a napkin on a regular basis is considered impolite. Informally, men should use napkins only on their legs when eating. Women should use napkins as necessary. If you’re unsure of the proper manners, check with the dining establishment you’re attending for more information.
To use a napkin as table manners, fold a cloth dinner-size piece of paper or cloth. Place it on the host’s lap, underneath forks and on the main plate. In restaurants, you may see servers drape a cloth napkin across their laps. In either case, make sure you open the napkin completely. This way, it doesn’t touch your clothes of other people.
Waiting for others to finish eating
During a meal, you should try to pace your eating accordingly. If you are a fast eater, do not expect everyone else at the table to finish their food within five minutes. If someone at the table is a slower eater, wait until they are done eating and avoid causing awkwardness. Also, getting up during the meal is usually not a good idea, so if you need to go to the bathroom, excuse yourself from the table and return after a short break.
Using a spoon to eat
When using a spoon to eat at the table, use your dominant hand to hold it. This allows you the most range of motion. Also, most people reach for their spoons with their dominant hand, so you want to control your motions carefully. Be mindful of your table manners when you’re around someone who has a different dominant hand than yours. And make sure to avoid making loud slurping noises and pointing your spoon away.
Spoons are a cultural staple in many cultures. In Asia, spoons are used to feed babies. In the Middle East, spoons are used to care for the sick by gently nursing them back to health. They are also instruments of peace, unlike forks, which are essentially sharp objects. In addition, they are also usually sheathed in magnetic strips or wooden blocks. You can even find utensils that mimic spoons, which is an unusual idea in the West.