Table Manners: The Napkin
I've been teaching dinner and business etiquette for nearly two decades to high school and college students, and one of the things that surprises them them most is what you do and don't do with your dinner napkin. In many ways, our napkin is a way for us to send signals to our servers ... provided they've been trained to read those signals. While I generally discuss etiquette from a public event perspective - think conference luncheon or awards banquet - I also try to point out where ...
Table Etiquette: The Place Setting
Before we can dive into the finer points of dining etiquette, it’s important to know the tools of the trade: the place setting. While most of what I share with you will be for somewhat informal occasions, you should know that formal place settings have up to 13 pieces of flatware! Talk about confusing!
Casual Place Setting
The typical place setting at my weeknight dinner table looks like this one:
This is a simple place setting that kiddos can easily remember … and it’s great to ...
Etiquette behind the RSVP
I'm beginning my table etiquette series with a post that has nothing to do with actual table etiquette. However, I feel the need to address the issue of the RSVP, mostly because people don’t do it anymore. They should.
What is an RSVP?
Over the years of teaching dining etiquette to youngsters, I have found less and less know what an RSVP is, let alone the etiquette surrounding one.
Have you ever received an invitation to a party … maybe a wedding … and seen “RSVP: ...
Table Etiquette for Kids
Table etiquette is just as important for kids as it is for adults ... we have to learn somewhere, and at home is a safe place! I have been teaching Noodle how to set a proper, albeit informal, table for dinner. This is something that my mom taught me when I was little and, as the year passed, I learned more and more about dining etiquette. Eventually, my career demanded more knowledge about business and cultural etiquette … and I was grateful to have learned the dining etiquette as a ...