November 9, 2012

Holiday Table Manners

How Advanced Are Your Thanksgiving Table Manners?

Here in the United States, we are entering the holiday season with Thanksgiving on November 22.  For many people and families, it is a time of large gatherings with a bevy
of foods.

Thanksgiving Table

Whether you are celebrating this special holiday of giving thanks in a big or small way, it is always helpful to know the correct behavior necessary for a pleasant meal.

We thought it might be fun to do a True-False Quiz so you can test yourself on your knowledge.  Don’t worry, we won’t leave you in the dark, keep scrolling down to find the answers.

Let’s get started:

1.  At the beginning of a sit-down, family-style meal, food is passed only to the right.

2.  If someone asks for the salt, just pass them the salt.

3.  As soon as you are seated at the table, you may begin eating.

4.  Chewing with your mouth open or while talking is not only unsafe, it is unsightly.

5.  When you leave the table, place your napkin in your chair.

6.  It is not polite to discuss food allergies or digestion problems during a meal.

7.  By placing your silverware in the 3:15 or 6:30 position on your plate, it means that you are finished eating.

How did you do?

 Let’s find out.  Your answers and explanations are listed below:

1.  True – food is always passed to the right as it moves around the table the first time.  After it has gone around at least once, food may be passed to the left or right as needed.

2.  False – here is a little rhyme for you:  Salt and pepper are always passed together.  Even if only one is requested, they always move around the table as a couple.

3.  False – at a buffet meal, wait until at least half of your table is seated.  At a sit-down meal, follow signals from your host.

4.  True – you are more likely to choke on your food, and no one wants to see what is in your mouth.

5.  False – your napkin is always placed on the table, to the left of your place setting.

6.  True – please take our word for it.

7.  True – placing your silverware in either of these positions is called “closing out”, meaning you are finished eating.


Are you ready for your Thanksgiving dinner now?  Let us know how you scored.

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