March 13, 2017, posted by Gina – Hello Friends! This is our second Monday Moods and Manners post. Last week we debuted with a couple of design mood boards and, as promised, this week we’re talking about manners. So much of entertaining revolves around manners that we decided we’d talk about them biweekly. We believe manners help us to be more kind and thoughtful and as a result our guests feel more comfortable and welcome. We don’t claim to be etiquette experts by any means and we’ll refer to Emily Post and others on certain manners. We’d like to hear your thoughts on manners as well, so please leave us your comments. With this in mind, let’s look at our first of many segments on manners.
When to Start Eating
Most every time we are with a group at a dinner table this “manner” gets put into play. Do you begin eating as soon as the plate is placed before you? Do you wait until the host sits down or until the entire table is served? As written in Emily Post’s Etiquette, The Definitive Guide to Manners, you are given permission to begin eating once three of you at the same table have been served your food. So, for instance, if you are at a table of 8 and 3 people have been served, the rule states it is proper to begin eating.
What do you think of this rule? Not to question Emily Post, but we tend to wait on everyone to be served unless the host specifically tells us to begin. It seems that many people feel this way judging from the events and gatherings we attend.
Do you follow Emily Post or do you tend to break the rule a bit? To leave your comments, please click on the title of this post and the comment form with expand at the end of the page.