Etiquette Boss: Holiday etiquette

We are in the middle of a holiday season, which is “the happiest season” for some, but the most stressful for others. This ‘eat, drink and be merry’ period seems to be a perfect time to check your dining etiquette savvy. Place a tick against the rules that you obey when you are dining during the holidays.

1. Do you take an hors d’oeuvre from a platter and place it directly into your mouth instead of placing it first into a plate or napkin?
2. If a platter or bowl of food is before you on the table, do you initiate service by offering it first to the person on your left, taking your portion and then passing it to the right? However, if there is a guest of honor seated to your right, do you serve your most important guest first?
3. Do you hold the serving dish while the person next to you takes his/her portion?
4. Do you shake your napkin out before placing on your lap or do you open it quietly under the table?
5. Do you crumple your napkin and place it on the table when you are finished or do you fold it loosely and place it to the left of your plate?
6. If you are the hostess, do you serve food from the left and drinks from the right? Do you pick up all used utensils from the right?
If you answered “yes” to all of these questions: congratulations!

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Phillipa Morrish is the president of Etiquette Training International.

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