10 Table Manners Everyone Should Know

1. For Utensils — Start at the Outside and Work Your Way In:This is a great tip for anyone who is faced with a more formal dinner party.

2. Place Your Napkin to the Left of the Plate When You’re Finished: There is a lot of unspoken etiquette that revolves around the napkin. 

3. Don’t Use Your Phone at the Table: If you go to any restaurant, there’s a good chance you’ll see at least a few people checking their phones. 

4. Keep One Hand Free During Hors D’Oeuvres: Say it’s before the main meal, and you’re munching on appetizers.

5. Pass Food Items to the Right: At a family-style dinner, sometimes it seems like the dishes get passed across, left, and right.

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6. Don’t Salt Your Food First if Someone Asks for It: Speaking of salt and pepper, if someone asks you for the salt, don’t grab.

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7. If Someone Is Toasting You, You Shouldn’t Drink: This is a piece of etiquette that you might not be familiar with. 

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8. Don’t Clink Glasses During Toast: While we’re on the subject of toasting, most of us have an idea of what a toast looks like.

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9. Minimize the Perfume/Cologne: This is a good rule of thumb for life, but it applies even more so to table manners.

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10. Be Careful With Explosive Foods: There are certain foods that are just explosive in nature.

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