Giving yourself a table manners review once in a while is a helpful exercise. Even the most etiquette-ful among us can benefit from a refresher course. But if you are like me, being out of practice during the isolation of the past couple years has left room for memory’s overestimation of what we think we know.
Now that we’re becoming more social again, I thought it might be fun to restate and review some of the important practices of dining.
Think of dining skills as social skills and your table manners as acts of civility. Family dinners and business affairs are planned around sharing food together.
Socially or in business, the following marks of courteous behavior are always expected at a dining event.
“The dinner table is the center for the teaching and practicing not just of table manners but of conversation, consideration, tolerance, family feeling, and just about all the other accomplishments of polite society.”
~ Judith Martin (aka "Miss Manners")
Whether you are a guest, a host, or dining out at a restaurant with friends or family, table manners are about the socially acceptable way to go about eating food when dining with others. Demonstrating good table manners shows respect for the people around you.
The following ten-item list will be helpful for your own table manners review.
Being mindful of your table manners will make the practice of eating with others sociable and enjoyable. A table manners review from time to time will help keep this front of mind. You might also review the above checklist when traveling to other countries, applying it to a given culture.
Regardless of where you are, your excellent dining skills will be noticed and well-regarded as a sign of your appreciation and respect.