international dining etiquette
Dining etiquette in the home.
- Check to see if the host is wearing shoes. If not, remove yours at the door.
- Dress conservatively.
- Show respect for the elders by greeting them first.
- Accept any offer of food or drink. To turn down hospitality is to reject the person.
- If you are invited for a meal, there is often a great deal of socializing and small talk before the meal, and the evening comes to an end quickly after the meal.
Dining etiquette for your hands. Eat only with the right hand.
Expect to encounter eating utensils only in the most westernized of Kuwaiti homes.
Dining etiquette for order of service. Meals are generally served family-style. Guests are served first. Then the oldest, continuing in some rough approximation of age order until the youngest is served.
Dining etiquette for the end of the meal. When the host stands, the meal is over.
- Mike Lininger, Editor, Etiquette Scholar
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