Common Rules of Etiquette

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Common Rules of Etiquette
Table Setting
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
• 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
• 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.
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Table Etiquette
• Courtesy shown by good manners at
• Reflect part of your personality to others.
• Makes eating a pleasant experience for
• 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
• 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
– 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
• 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.
• 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
• Good manners show respect for
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