Table etiquettes

Placement of utensils
1. Always place utensils and cutlery from left to right placing fork, plate, knife (blades facing the plate) and spoon .....
Placement of food
2. Always place bread and butter to the left of the plate and drinks to the right. The napkin goes either to the left of the fork or on plate. .....
Placement of the napkin
3. Unfold and place the napkin on your lap. If it is a large napkin, unfold half and place it on your lap. .....
Passing the food
4. As a rule the food dishes are passed to the person sitting to your right but common sense says that if a person is sitting a few places away on the left, you may pass it to him/her instead of going all the way from right. .....
Getting started a
5. Break the bread, get through the soup and take the main course that is passed or served. .....
Getting started b
6. Transfer the butter, dips or spreads on to your plate first before spreading on your bread. .....
Handling the fork and knife
7. Always hold the fork in your left hand, tines downward and the knife is held in right hand one or two inches above the plate. .....
Eating the food a
8. Chew the food with your mouth closed without slurping, smacking or making other gross noises. .....
Eating the food b
9. Do not speak while eating the food. Swallow it well and then speak to someone. .....
Eating the food c
10. Cut not more than two bites of food at a time. Eat in small bites and slowly. .....
Eating the food d
11. If you do not like the food that is served, keep silent and try to eat a little amount of it. .....
Handling the food
12. Politely ask someone to pass the dish kept away from you instead of reaching across the table. .....
Table etiquettes a
13. Don't slouch or place your elbows on the table while eating, you may however keep your elbows on the table while conversing between courses. .....
Table etiquettes b
14. Always say 'Excuse me' if you have to leave the table at any time. .....
Table etiquettes c
15. While dining, put your cell phone on silent. If you wish to attend an urgent call, excuse yourself from the table and move slightly to talk. .....
Ending the meal a
16. Always put the fork and the knife handles parallely in the 4 O'clock position towards the right rim of the plate. .....
Ending the meal b
17. The blade of the knife should always be inwards and the fork tines may be up or down. .....
Ending the meal c
18. Always fold the soiled napkin, dirty parts inside and place on the left side of your plate. .....
Ending the meal d
19. Never try to clean up things that have spilt on the table with your napkin. Politely ask the server to clean and bring a replacement for the soiled napkin or if any piece of cutlery has fallen off the table. .....
General etiquettes
20. Whenever a lady leaves the table or returns, all men who are seated with her should stand up. Do not forget to thank the host .....
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