Holiday Dinner Party Etiquette
Attending a Dinner Party
Hosts spend a great deal of time and money preparing for a party so show your gratitude by bringing a hostess gift like a bottle of wine or small gift. After the party, either call the next day to thank them again, or better yet, send a hand-written thank you note.
During the busy holiday season it’s easy to over commit. Don’t tell someone you will attend their party if there’s a chance you’ll have to cancel or show up super late. Don’t neglect to RSVP however, because that’s even worse!
Before the Meal:
• Do NOT move name cards around to sit near your buddies!
• Put your napkin in your lap
• Be patient and wait for everyone to sit down at the table and for the host to begin eating before digging in!
• Do NOT put your phone on the table!!! Put it on vibrate and only take the call AWAY from the table if it’s an emergency! Do not put any personal objects on the table (keys, wallet, purse).
• If you do not know some people at your table introduce yourself to everyone.
During the Meal:
• Pass food to the RIGHT
• Know which is your bread plate and glass using the “b” and ‘d” rule
• Use silverware from the outside of the plate working in and utensils at the top of the plate are for dessert
• Make polite dinner conversation with the people to your immediate right and left and to the one sitting across from you. Do not yell across the table or ignore those sitting near you.
• Put your napkin on your chair if leaving the table to go to the bathroom.
After the Meal:
• Place your knife and fork on the plate at the 10:00 – 4:00 position with the blade of the knife facing you and the fork tines turned up.
• Do not push your plate away from you when you’re done.
• Put your napkin to the left of the plate when leaving the table after the meal.