August 30, 2016

In the age of social media, fast food joints and cutting edge technology which allows food to be the hero of snap stories and instagrammies, there’s something that’s taking the back seat. It’s the humble Table Etiquette of the past. In an attempt to shine some light on what’s forgotten and what shouldn’t be followed, we’ve narrowed it down to the five golden rules of table mannerisms.

Rule Number One- Keep the smartphone at bay

Chances are that you’re a busy little bee, a social media freak or one of those people who finds immense satisfaction in the glare of a smartphone screen. So basically you’re  human, warped into this vortex we call the 21st century.  Though the latest apps, phones and snapchat stories may keep you well ahead of the times, the constant urge to check your phone sets you back a couple of centuries or so. When at the dinner table for a meal, keep your smartphone away. Engage in conversations that aren’t of the virtual kind, and connect with people on a level that isn’t restricted to just likes, comments and emoji.

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Rule Number Two- Slow and steady

Your stomach might be whipping up a concoction of digestive juices, screaming out in growls and rumbling so as to remind you of its very existence- all to the dismay at the fact that none of these subtle reminders have come to fruition just as yet. We get it, you’re hungry, but don’t devour your food like a caveman, slurping and burping like there’s no tomorrow. Take smaller bites and make sure you chew your food. Engage in conversation after each bite  and enjoy not just your meal, but also your company.

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Rule Number Three- Stab me Not

Picking at your food and stabbing it with a fork just to get on a larger piece is a big no no. The Gods of Etiquette would look down upon you with a disapproving nod. When it comes to picking up food off your plate, ensure that you take tiny slices that are exactly one layer in thickness. Layering might be a good approach to the dressing that goes on your body, but not so much when we’re talking about the plate kind. Also, try not to stab your food like it owes you money.

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Rule Number Four- The Napkin Affair

Napkins are meant to be placed on your lap, not to be tucked into your collar and definitely not to wipe the sweat off your neck. Use your napkin after every three bites or so and especially before you take a sip of your drink. The real winner is the one who has a squeaky clean glass by the end of the meal.

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Rule Number Five- It’s all in the posture

Slouching is a sign of disinterest, and regardless of whether you zone out of the conversation or not, sit upright and at the very least try to contribute to what’s being said. Keep your elbows off the table while eating, but it’s completely okay to keep them on the table while conversing with others.

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These five golden rules should be at the tip of your tongues every time you’re at the dinner table. Contact Bia Sandhu for personalised tips and lifestyle services.

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