Whether you're spending the holiday's at your boyfriend's parents or vice versa, having table etiquette is a must. Something as simple as knowing to ask for something instead of reaching across the table or putting your napkin in your lap are are called common sense, but these days common sense isn't that common. While focusing on your physical appearance takes time and effort, you should also make sure that you have the obvious etiquette rules down packed before you sit down to enjoy a meal with the man of your dreams and your potential parent in laws.
Choosing to following these simple formal dinner rules of etiquette can either make or break your chances of ever becoming apart of the family. I guess you'll eventually find out. All you can do is hope for the best, follow the rules and enjoy yourself. Keep scrolling to see what you should do this holiday to practice dinner etiquette.
Know When To Detach Yourself From Technology
I get it, your phone is your life. I'm the same way, but if you're at the dinner table and you happen to be the only one Instagramming pictures of your meal -- something is off. Learn to know when is the right time and when is the wrong time. Wait until everyone is finished eating before you pull out your phone. Enjoy the company around you.
Place Your Napkin In Your Lap
This is the obvious. You should know that if you're eating in a formal setting, you place the napkin in your lap. When you have to excuse yourself from the table, according to Jacqueline Whitmore [founder of The Protocol School of Palm Beach], “A napkin is never returned to the table until you’re ready to leave; it stays on your lap, even after the meal is finished,” she told Forbes.
No Elbows On The Table
This rule goes for when you're eating, but when you're in between meals or happen to be holding a conversation with someone -- it's perfectly fine to prop up your elbows on the table. Just don't make it a habit.
Using Your Utensils Properly
Whether you have a fork, spoon and knife or three forks sitting in front of you, know when to use what. The best thing to do is to start with the utensil furthest from you and work your way down with each course. It will save you the confusion and you'll look like you know a little something about proper table etiquette.
Figuring Out What Is Yours
Let's all admit that sometimes we don't quite know which plate and glass is ours when the table is full with several. Always remember, the bread plate is to your left and your glass is to the right.
Here's to an amazing holiday and an even more amazing dinner.
Keep these simple tips in mind and you'll be good.
P.S. Whatever you do, don't be like Billie.