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Table Manners

Table Manners During the Meal

Main Course

If you order for yourself, you can avoid potential difficulties by ordering food that is easy to eat and that you know you will enjoy.

Clearing the Plates

  • If the meal is formal, plates will be removed by the staff.
  • At informal meals, the hostess will probably clear the plates, possibly with one or two guests helping.
  • At a family meal, members clear their own plates.

Want more table manners tips? See our table manners tips section for our list of the best 100 table manners tips.

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and spoon

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the table.

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eating, and the meal's end

being serving

passing food

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