5 Day Holiday Manners Makeover – Day 1

Monday – Table Manners

Welcome to the “Spruce Up the Manners” – Day One!

Holidays typically mean meals; meals mean table manners.   So let’s begin there:

tablesettings2 Practice setting a simple table setting:  fork on the left, knife and spoon on the right (knife next to the plate), glass on the right above the knife and spoon. (The kids can help with the table decorations – make holiday place cards, ask the kids to make up a seating plan, create a special holiday centerpiece – not so high you can’t see over it!)

Then review the basics and practice, practice, practice:

  1. Wash up.
  2. Napkin in lap.
  3. Wait until all are served or the hostess begins to eat.
  4. Please and thank you.
  5. Hold utensils properly.
  6. Chew with your mouth closed.
  7. Offer to help clear.
  8. Thank you to the cook!

Tomorrow we’ll take a look at the social side of a holiday meal: the table conversation.  See you Tuesday!

5 comments to 5 Day Holiday Manners Makeover – Day 1

  • Erica

    I am desperate for advice.
    I will be spending the Thanksgiving weekend with my boyfriends family. We have been dating for over three years and are soon to be engaged.
    I dearly love his parents and want to bring them something special on my arrival.
    They are southern and are pristine in manners and etiquette.
    I would love to bring them a genuine “from the heart” loving gift.
    But, am not sure where to begin.
    Also, we will be spending Thanksgiving with close friends of the family. So, what do I bring them?

    I’m want to do the right thing, any advice will be greatly appreciated.

    Regards,

    Erica L. Goldberg

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  • Cindy Post Senning

    Dear Erica,

    I am obviously too late to provide you with advice for a Thanksgiving event and for that I apologize. I know from your “from the heart” note that you probably did the right thing. It sounds like you have a wonderful relationship with your boyfriend AND his family and am hoping you had a lovely Thanksgiving. I wish you and your boyfriend the very best.

    With warm regards, Cindy Post Senning

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