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Table manners have evolved over centuries to make the practice of eating
with others pleasant and sociable. With so many table manners to keep
track, keep these basic, but oh-so-important, table manners in mind as
Chew with your mouth closed.
Keep your smartphone off the table and set to silent or vibrate.
Wait to check calls and texts until you are finished with the meal and
away from the table.
Hold utensils correctly. Don’t use your fork or spoon like a shovel or stab your food.
Wash up and come to the table clean. Don’t groom or attend to hygiene at the table.
Remember to use your napkin.
Wait until you’re done chewing to sip or swallow a drink.
Pace yourself with fellow diners. Cut only one piece of food at a time.
Avoid slouching and don’t place your elbows on the table while
eating (though it is okay to prop your elbows on the table while
conversing between courses, and always has been, even in Emily’s day).
Instead of reaching across the table for something, ask for it to be passed to you.
Bring your best self to the meal. Take part in the dinner conversation.
Navigating the Table Setting Videos
There are a few essential manners tips that can help you to understand and navigate the table setting comfortably and confidently. Which utensils go with what food? How do you hold a fork correctly in your left hand? Where do you put your napkin if you have to leave the table? Topics covered in our video series and related articles include: