Formal Dining Etiquette Tips For Your Holiday Dinners
Formal dining etiquette is an important part of any social gathering. Whether you are attending a wedding, a dinner party or a business meeting, knowing the proper etiquette for formal dining can make the experience more enjoyable for everyone involved. These tips would help you look your best at any formal dining event this holiday.
The first rule of formal dining etiquette is to dress appropriately. This means wearing something that is neat and presentable. If you are attending a wedding, the dress code may be more formal than if you were attending a dinner party. In general, men should wear suits or dress shirts and trousers with jacket. Women should wear a dress or a skirt and blouse.
When you arrive at the dinner table, make sure to wait to be seated. The host of the dinner will direct you to your seat. Slouching in your chair is considered rude and unprofessional.You should remember to keep your elbows off the table. Once you are seated, you are to remain on that position until the host says it is okay to stand up.
Once seated, using the proper table setting comes into play. This includes, having a plate, glass and cutlery in front of you. Utensils are usually placed in the order in which they are to be used, with the ones on the outside being used first. It is important to remember that your bread plate is on the left and your drink is on the right.
While the meal is being served, it is polite to wait for everyone to be served before starting to eat. This ensures that everyone receives his or her food in a timely manner. Once everyone is served, you should wait for the host to start eating before anyone else begins.
Remember that it is polite to eat slowly and not to fill your mouth with food, making sure to chew with your mouth closed. Talking with food in your mouth is considered rude and should be avoided. Avoid making loud noises with your utensils, keep your elbows off the table and use your napkin to wipe your mouth and hands.
It is polite to wait for everyone to be finished with their meal before leaving the table. When you are finished with your meal, Place your utensils across your plate in the shape of a “4”. This is the signal to the server that you are finished.
Finally, remember to thank the host of the dinner for the meal. This is a sign of appreciation for their hospitality and effort.
Formal dining etiquette can appear intimidating at first, but once you understand the basics it becomes easier to remember. Following the rules of etiquette can make the experience of dining more enjoyable for everyone involved.