Here are ten easy to apply proper table etiquette dining rules to make you a table etiquette guru. The rules may vary from place to place, but this should serve as a good guide.
1. Soup spoons usually are in 2 shapes – one has a shaped of a round bowl, and the other is designed like an egg. While eating soup the soup dish must remain on the table. It is never appropriate to drink your soup from the dish. Push your spoon from you beginning at the centre of the dish to the farthest edge when you want to start eating your soup. Take the spoon to your mouth and then drink the soup from the side – please do not put the entire spoon right into your mouth.
2. Hold the fork and knife with the holders in the palm of the hand, thumb underneath and forefinger at the top.
3. As soon as you are seated, unfold the napkin and use it for frequently wiping your fingers or lips. At the end of dinner, don't forget to keep the napkin on the place setting tidily.
4. If you want something, don't make an to reach across the table for it. Politely ask the nearest person to pass it.
5. Food in General. You are not supposed to begin eating until everyone is served. With a lot of guests present, the hostess or host might indicate that you may start before everybody is served. If this is the case, make sure you begin. In case you take a mouthful consisting of something you are unable to swallow, it is best to excuse yourself and remove it privately.
6. There may be a seating plan close to the door of the dining room and/or on the table. If not , simply wait for your host to seat you. Often there rules about who sits where at the table and it could be a bit embarrassing if you are asked to move, both for you personally and your host.
7. In case you are having bread with your food there will normally be a little side dish on the left hand side; if you do have it, use it. If not, it will be entirely suitable to place the bread on the table to the left side of your plate. Do not put the bread on the plate directly.
8. Until you know every guest at the table well, please do not discuss religion, politics or sex at the table. It's also wise to avoid any controversial topics that may fall out of the scope of those three subjects.
9. If the food offered to you unappealing, it is courteous to at least try to make an attempt to eat a bit of it.
10. It is always good dinner table etiquette to send a private thank you note to the hostess or host immediately afterwards within four days.
If you follow these ten easy proper dining rules, you will be considered a table manners guru.