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  • 1. 1/28/2014 1
  • 2. Good table manners are:  important because they ensure that both guests and hosts are comfortable at the table.  are mostly common sense. 1/28/2014 2
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  • 4. 1. Sit up straight.  Try not to slouch or lean back in your chair. 1/28/2014 4
  • 5. 2. Don't speak with your mouth full of food.  no one likes to see a ball of masticated meat in your mouth. 1/28/2014 5
  • 6. 3. Chew quietly, and try not to slurp.  Making noises is not only unappetizing, and distracting, but it can also interrupt the flow of conversation. 1/28/2014 6
  • 7. 4. Keep bites small.  it is smart to keep bite sizes to a moderate forkful. 1/28/2014 7
  • 8. 5. Eat at a leisurely pace.  It is good for the digestion  It shows your host that you want to enjoy the food and the company. 1/28/2014 8
  • 9. 6. Don't wave utensils in the air,  especially knives or if there is food on them.  You might knock over glasses, pierce waiters or launch a pea into the eye of your date. 1/28/2014 9
  • 10. 7. Keep your elbows off the table.  Elbows take up table space and can be a danger in knocking plates or glasses.  Elbows on the table give you something to lean on and tend to lull you into slouching. 1/28/2014 10
  • 11. 8. Don't Reach.  Not only is it as impolite, but there is always the possibility of upsetting glasses or running your sleeve through someone's mashed potatoes. 1/28/2014 Dad, please pass the bread basket. 11
  • 12. 9. Don't forget “please” and “thank you”.  These are handy words in most situations, but especially vital at the table where common courtesies are noticed by everyone present. 1/28/2014 12
  • 13. 10. Excuse yourself when leaving the table. Excuse me.  You don't want people to think that you are tired of their company.  If you must leave the table, make your excuses somewhat obvious and appear to be pressing. 1/28/2014 13
  • 14. 11. Compliment the Cook.  Even if the food is perfectly awful, say something nice.  You don't have to lie, simply find the positive side of the burnt food.  It is always pleasant to end a meal on a positive note. 1/28/2014 14
  • 15. 12. Wipe your mouth with your napkin.  Ever notice that disgusting smudge on the edge of your glass? This can be avoided by first wiping your lips with your napkin. 1/28/2014 15