Thursday, July 1, 2010

Basic Dining Etiquettes and Table Manners


- The most appropriate way of using spoon or a fork is to balance them between the first knuckle of the middle finger and the tip of the index finger while using the thumb to steady the handle.
- The knife is used with the tip of the index finger gently pressing out over the top of the blade.

- Hold the fork with your left hand and spoon or knife with your right. 

For Muslims it is advisable to hold the fork with right hand and knife or spoon with left hand.

-  Finishing your meal is to be indicated by placing the fork and knife or spoon horizontally on the plate, parallel to each other, facing away from you.

-  To eat your soup, half fill the soup-spoon, move it away from your body and sip it from the side of the spoon.

-  When the finger bowl is presented to you, discretely dip your fingers in the water and gently dab them with the napkin.

At the end of the meal, let the waiter clear all your plates from the table and then lay the napkin at the centre of the table.

When invited to a lunch or dinner, always be on time to arrive and do not keep your host on the tenterhooks of waiting that could be an irritating misdemeanor.

The above dining etiquettes and table manners would soon become a characteristic of your personality and enhance your social image. 

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