It is best to order foods that can be eaten with a knife and fork. Finger foods can be messy and are best left for informal dinning.
Do not order alcoholic beverages.
Do not smoke while dining out.
Sit up straight at the table. It makes a good impression.
Do not season your food before you have tasted it.
Never chew with your mouth open or make loud noises when you eat.
Do not slurp soup from a spoon. Spoon the soup away from you when you take it out of the bowl and sip it from the side of the spoon. If your soup is too hot to eat, let it sit until it cools; do not blow on it.
Chips, French fries, Fried Chicken, and Hamburgers
Hors d”Oeuvres, Canapse, Crudites
Small fruits and Berries on the stem
Cocktail Etiquette Cocktails and Cocktail Party - Guests are mostly standing and dress attire can range from business to casual. Cocktail Buffet - Small tables and chairs are set up for guests after they fill up their plates at the buffet station. The attire is usually formal or business attire. This event can last 2-3 hours. Cocktail Reception - The most formal event. Attire is very dressy for women and usually black tie for men. The reception can be held for a distinguished guest of honor or event, such as an opening of a new performing arts center or film premier. There is so much food that the reception can count as dinner and Champagne is always served.
Tips to maneuver your way as a guest at a cocktail party
Do some research on the guests attending the cocktail party. ‘Small talk’ will be much easier for you.
Determine what your goals are. Whether you are social or business networking, keep in mind your goal(s) in attending this party.
Do extend your hand and introduce yourself to unfamiliar guests. Maintain eye contact during introductions and conversations.
Circulate (make the rounds) a little before you head to the bar or buffet table. Food and drink should not be the main goals.
Don’t get drunk.
Do keep conversations away from sex, politics and religin.
Keep drinks and food in your left hand. Your right hand will be free for meeting, greeting and departure.
If attending a cocktail party in a private home, treat household staff with dignity and respect.There are to be no personal or special requests from you to the staff.
Some Common-Sense do’s and don’ts for dinner :
When at a dinner party, don’t expectorate on the floor...unless the hostess does first.
Never eat peas with your knife, unless mashed potatoes are served as well.
Do not ask for something which is irrelevant or N.A.
Chew with your mouth closed. Everyone else at the table already knows what you are having for dinner
Conversation at the table should be light, witty and extemporaneous. Death, diapers and delivery are not acceptable topics.
If your infant must eat with you and your guests and junior spits his pablum all over your great aunt’s Dior gown, please don’t try to pass it off by saying: “Isn’t he the outest thing...and so smart, too!”
You have gone to a restaurant where you find the service is very poor. Calling the waiter is very difficult. What can you do?
You have seen the waiter dipping his finger in your finger bowl before bringing it to you. You do not like it. What do you do?
You go to an expensive restaurant for lunch with a not-too-rich friend. You want to pick up the tab, so as not to burden him financially. He, on the other hand, insists on paying the entire amount from his own packet. What should you do?