• Put your napkin in your lap shortly after you sit down. As you use it, blotting or patting your lips is preferable to a wiping the napkin aggressively across your lips.
  • If you leave the table, place the napkin, folded loosely, to the left of the place setting. Position it so that the dirty part is out of sight.
  • If you wish to bring a guest as your partner, you should always check with the host first. If you are the one hosting the party and a guest of yours arrives with an unexpected friend, be polite and courteous with them and speak with your inconsiderate guest at another time.
  • It is considered polite to take along a small gift for your host and hostess. Flowers, chocolates, wine or even champagne are always appreciated.
  • It is good dinner table etiquette to serve the lady sitting to the right of the host first, then the other ladies in a clockwise direction and lastly the gentlemen.
  • Unlike other cultures, it is acceptable to leave some food to one side of your plate or to eat all of your food. But, be careful not to leave your plate too clean – as if you haven’t eaten in days.
  • Loud eating noises such as slurping and burping are very impolite.
  • Talking with your mouth full is not only unpleasant to watch, but it could also lead to choking. Definitely avoid this action!