Common Rules of Etiquette
Table Setting and Etiquette Proper Table Setting Setting the Table Influences • Appearance of the food served • Sets the tone/feeling of the meal • Makes people feel important Three Components of a Place Setting • Dinnerware – Plates, cups, bowls, saucers, platters and other serving pieces • Flatware – Butter, dinner and steak knives; salad/dessert, dinner fork; soup, dessert and teaspoons. • Glassware – Water goblet, milk and wine glasses, sherbet glass (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkPPvZ16 Cover • Arrangement of a place setting for one person. • Allow 20-24” for each cover with the dinner plate in the middle. Proper Dinnerware Placement • Dinner Plate – 1” from the table edge • Bread/Butter Plate – Top left – Above the salad plate Proper Dinnerware Placement • Salad Plate – Lower left – Above the napkin • Soup Bowl – On plate or separate Types of Flatware • Soup spoon – Larger than teaspoon • Salad/dessert fork – Smaller than dinner fork • Butter knife – Shape and size smaller than dinner knife Proper Flatware Placement • 1 to 1½” from the table edge – Handles are lined up and the utensils are even with the plate • Forks – Left of the plate – Dessert fork placed above the center of the plate Proper Flatware Placement • Knives and Spoons – Right of the plate – Dessert spoon is sometimes placed above the center of the plate. • Arrange in order of use – Starting at the outside and working toward the center. Proper Flatware Placement • Forks – Tines up • Knives – Sharp cutting edge toward plate • Spoons – Bowls up • Butter knife – On bread/butter plate Proper Glassware Placement • Water goblet – Tip of the knife blade. • Other beverage glasses – Right of goblet, slightly forward and diagonal. • Cup and saucer – Lower right. Placement of Napkin • Three Places – Left of the forks – Center on the dinner plate – In the water goblet • When removed, should not disturb the flatware. • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unXKY K0uRJ8 Table Etiquette • Courtesy shown by good manners at meals. • Reflect part of your personality to others. • Makes eating a pleasant experience for everyone • Most rules of etiquette involve common sense and consideration of other people. Common Rules of Etiquette • Sitting down – From the left side of your chair. • Passing food – To the right. Common Rules of Etiquette • Napkin – Place on lap before starting to eat. – Cover your mouth and nose if you must cough or sneeze. – Leave on your chair if leaving the table and returning during a meal. – Leave to the left of the plate when finished with the meal. Common Rules of Etiquette • When eating with a small group – Wait until everyone is served before eating • Follow actions of host/hostess • Avoid talking with food in mouth. • Chew with mouth closed. Common Rules of Etiquette • Cut food into bite-size pieces – As you eat, not all at once. • Sit up straight • Avoid leaning on elbows while eating. Common Rules of Etiquette • When finished with soup – Place spoon on soup plate • Eating a roll/bread – Break one piece off at a time, butter and eat. – Place butter on your own plate before buttering your bread/roll. Common Rules of Etiquette • Tipping Etiquette – For good service: 15% to 20% of total bill • Where to tip? – Restaurants – Beauty Salons Common Rules of Etiquette • Cell Phone Etiquette – Turn your cell phone to vibrate or off. – Avoid checking your phone. – If it is an emergency, excuse yourself from the table. – Keep your voice down when talking on a cell phone. Summary • If you apply basic principles of setting the table, table service and manners you can create a pleasant atmosphere so that your relationships and appearance of food are enhanced. • Good manners show respect for others.