Dining Table Etiquette

It is important to maintain proper decorum in every place and situation you are in. Similarly, while at a formal dinner there are rules to be followed.

What Every Kid Should Know

  • Come to the table with clean hands and face.
  • Put your napkin on your lap.
  • Start eating when everyone else does—or when given the okay to start.
  • Stay seated and sit up straight.
  • Keep elbows (and other body parts!) off the table while eating.
  • Chew with your mouth closed and don’t talk until you’ve swallowed.
  • Don’t make bad comments about the food.
  • Say “Please pass the…” instead of reaching.
  • Chat with everyone at the table.
  • Don’t make rude noises like burping or slurping.
  • Ask to be excused when finished.
  • Thank your host or whoever prepared the meal.
  • Offer to help clear the table.

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