Table Etiquette Scenarios, Manners & Mistakes

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Table etiquette is something you should always try to adhere to, no matter where you are. Find out about table etiquette scenarios, manners and mistakes with help from a lifestyle expert in this free video clip.

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I'm Terri Ewing, your lifestyle etiquette expert here today to talk to you about table etiquette settings, manners and some classic mistakes. This is a typical table setting both formal or information. You have your bread plate, you have your salad fork, dinner fork, your dessert fork and spoon which you can use for your coffee and then on the other side you have your dinner knife with your soup spoon. Your napkin, of course, is in the middle of your plate when you start off and you take your napkin and you place that on your lap before every meal. Proper etiquette or manners at a table would include never ever chew with your mouth open. Never pick your teeth, slouch or put your arm on the table or reach to try to grab something on the dinner table, it's unacceptable or even grooming your hair that is unacceptable as well. A huge common mistake that you should really try to avoid is never to use someone's bread plate or use their wine glass or water bottle. What you can do for a quick tip is to always do the okay signs, the B on the left and the D on the right. It's a quick tip to remember that your bread is always on the left and the drink is always on your right. You'll never ever ever be mistaken at a dinner party by taking someone's bread or their wine glass. So again, this is Terri Ewing, your lifestyle etiquette expert, here talking about table manners, mistakes and different scenarios.

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