From the last post:
- Always thank the cook/hostess – regardless of how much you like the food.
- Never complain (including with facial expressions) about the food… or any other aspect of the hospitality… or anything at all.
- Don’t be picky. Try every dish!
- Ask politely to be excused when you are finished. If the answer is “No, not yet.”, continue sitting politely at the table.
- Wash your hands (and face, if necessary) before coming to the table.
- Don’t sing or whistle at the table (unless, of course, everyone is singing – as in the Doxology, etc.)
- Don’t serve yourself more than you can eat.
- No elbows (and certainly no other body parts) on the table.
- Be ready and willing to be engaged in polite conversation with others at the table. Look them in the eyes (even the adults), speak clearly.
- Don’t dominate the conversation, and maintain your “inside voice”… Don’t be obnoxious.
- Be ready to take responsibility for your own dishes, and any mess you create.
- When you need anything that is on the table, ask, “Please pass the _____.” Never forget the “please”.
- Offer to help clear the table at the end of the meal. (Napkins for the small children, or other appropriate items)
This sounds like a lot to learn and remember. And, perhaps, it is at first. But, these are very basic lessons, and will definitely pay off.