The 12 Commandments of Table Manners



  1. Thou shalt wait till everyone is seated to begin the meal.
  2. Thou shalt bow thy head for grace.
  3. Thou shalt put thy napkin in thy lap.
  4. Thou shalt let the host begin serving and eating first.
  5. Thou shalt ask for food dishes and not reach across the table.
  6. Thou shalt take only 1 portion of food the first round.
  7. Thou shalt use thy utensils.
  8. Thou shalt take small bites.
  9. Thou shalt chew with thy mouth closed.
  10. Thou shalt talk in an inside voice.
  11. Thou shalt ask to be excused when thou art finished.
  12. Thou shalt clear thy plate from the table.

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