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Manners @ The Table: A Modern Guide to Dining Etiquette

Lesson 3 of 14

Napkins

 

Manners @ The Table: A Modern Guide to Dining Etiquette

Lesson 3 of 14

Napkins

 

Lesson Info

Napkins

Let's talk about napkins. One of the first things that's gonna happen when you arrive at the table is you're gonna want to put your napkin in your lap. Your napkin is your best friend. It's like home base. It's a safe place, and you want to get the home base as soon as possible. So once you've taken your seat, you want to take your napkin and put it in your lap. If it's a linen or a cloth napkin, you're probably gonna want to open it up and fold it. It doesn't matter if you fold it on a a diagonal, so you end up with a triangle shape or in half. So you end up with a rectangle shape. I like to place that fold up against my waist so that it covers as much of my lap as possible. You're not just there to protect your clothes. It's also there to clean your fingers and your face as needed throughout the meal. You don't want to eat so that you're making a mess of yourself all the time, but your napkin is there to help you clean up. If it does happen when you get up to leave the table, Whether...

you're returning or whether it's the end of the meal, you're gonna place your napkin loosely to the left of your place setting. Now, there are some etiquette experts that are going to tell you when you're leaving the table on you plan to return. You want to drape your napkin on the back of your chair, put it on your seat. This is a good way to get that food that's fallen on your napkin or that you've cleaned up with on your clothes. I strongly suggest that whether you're returning or whether the meal is over, that you remember the little pneumonic L L for loosely to the left because that's where you're gonna place your napkin when it's not in your lap. Now, if you've got a paper napkin you don't need toe unfold a paper napkin delay in your lap. You can just set it on your thigh so it's there where you can use it to clean up when you need it. When you get to the table, napkin goes in your lap. You can watch your host for cues and more formal situations, but generally speaking, once you take your seat at the table, get that napkin, get to home base the place you want to be

Class Description

The place where our manners are really put to the test is at the table. Eating a meal with others is a veritable minefield of potential blunders and gaffes, so if you’re planning to dine with work colleagues, superiors or clients, it’s wise for you to be fully versed in dining etiquette.

This course covers the fundamentals of table manners, addressing everything from place settings to holding utensils, good posture to appropriate conversation. Business dinners and power lunches are where so many key decisions are made and relationships are formed. So it’s imperative that you go in ready to impress and avoid unforced errors.

In this class, you’ll learn how to:

  • Navigate a menu and wine list and order the right thing.
  • Hold utensils properly and understand the differences between American and Continental styles.
  • Deal with specific courses in the meal, from bread and butter to soup and salad.
  • Have good posture, eye contact and appropriate gesturing.
  • Handle it if you don’t like what you’ve ordered.
  • Toast your host or guest of honor.
  • End a meal properly and know when you can leave the table.

Reviews

Michael Friesen
 

Daniel's course provides an excellent overview of the essentials of dining etiquette. The content is contemporary and reflects the more relaxed atmosphere that prevails in most dining situations today. I would definitely recommend this course to a friend looking to review the basics of dining etiquette.

Jessica Ericson
 

This class is such a simple and refreshing course. I really enjoyed what he had to say, and he gives easy to use tips and tricks through out.

Nina Piorkowski
 

Daniel Post Senning offers a succinct and easy to follow course. I highly recommend!