Napkin and timing
We all know that napkins are important and while eating food, if you are invited to a dinner, let the host place his napkin on his lap before you do it.
Note: While blotting your lips, use a small area of the napkin.
Posture is important
How important is your posture? Your posture makes an impression. If you are sitting on the chair hunching your shoulders over the plate, people are definitely noticing it and let me tell you that no one will appreciate it. They will not think whether you are tired or have some back problem; instead they will assume that you do not have good table manners. So, maintain a decent posture throughout the session.
Positioning your elbows
While eating, keep your elbows off the table. However, if you are communicating with someone over the table (keeping your utensils aside), you are given that person an impression that you are listening to him/her carefully. Here, it is important to lean forward (slightly) while keeping your elbows on the table.
Don’t express your hunger
If you are hungry, tell it to yourself but don’t let the host know that you are starving. Showing desperate signs of hunger, you are annoying your host. Note: Smiling and communicating about things can help you hide your signs of hunger.
Removing spoiled food from your mouth
Many people make this mistake. If there is a need to remove spoiled food from your mouth, you should first cover your mouth with one hand. Now, use the other hand to remove the morsel and place it on the table. If possible, cover it with something.
While eating, avoid visiting the restroom. However, if the need to visit the restroom is urgent, tell your host, “Excuse me, I’ll be back in a moment.” But if you do not know where the restroom is, you should say, “Excuse me, May I visit your restroom?”
Slurping and smacking are a big no. Avoid it!
Also, with food in your mouth, you should not talk. Eat first and then talk or talk first and then eat.
Keep that in your mind.
Note: You should eat slow and take small bites.
Don’t be rude
If you do not like it, be frank but don’t be rude. They have spent quality time on making it. So, avoid it for some reason or the other, but don’t be rude.
If you want something but the host is busy, keep calm and wait for the host to get back to you. If that takes times, politely remind them of it. That should solve the problem.
Learning table manners is not difficult. For this, you can even buy some books to understand every aspect in detail. If needed, use coupons from Chameleon John and make the most of the discount offers available.