Thursday, January 21, 2010

Table Manners: Tips

If you think people don’t care about etiquette at the
table as much as they used to, think again.

One soup slurp or tooth pick is all it takes to turn some people off. So to stay on your toes, with this quick table manners refresher course from Louise Fox of the Etiquette Ladies, Canada’s Etiquette Experts.

1: If you are the recipient of a toast, keep your glass at arm’s length—never drink from it. Instead, simply nod your head and graciously say, “Thank you.”

2: Never take your cocktail to the dinner table.

3: Allow your food to cool on its own—never blow on anything.

4: If you wear lipstick, keep it off your plate and napkin by blotting it as soon as you apply it.

5: Your napkin is there for you to dab your mouth only. Do not use it to wipe off lipstick or (God forbid) blow your nose.

6: Keep your elbows off the table at all times.

7: Don’t put your purse, keys, sunglasses, or eyeglasses on the table.

8: Take food out of your mouth the way it went in. If a piece of steak fat went into your mouth with a fork, spit it out onto the fork.

9: Remove an olive pit with your thumb and index finger.

10: Taste everything on your plate before you add salt or pepper.

11: Leave your plate where it is when you are finished with your meal—don’t push it away from you.


  1. Hello Sylivia, thanks for the table manners tips ila namba 7 je funguo, na pochi usipoweka mezani je utaziweka wapi wakati wa kula?

    Mdau A-Town

  2. Hivyo vitu viweke kwenye pochi, kama pochi ina kamba ama mkono (sijui kiswahili fasaha kwa hapa ni kipi) ning'iniza kwenye kiti utakachokuwa umekaa. na kama pochi haina kamba, basi weka pembeni ya hicho kiti ulichokalia, maana ukiweka mapajani utajisahau wakati wa kuamka na utavidondosha na unaweza ukaviharibu kwa wanaume vitu hivi weka mfukoni, wa shati ama suruali angalia wapi utakua comfortable.