A fish knife is held like a pencil, as shown above. It is used with a fish fork to remove skin and bone.
At a dinner party, who makes the first toast?
The host is always the first to toast. It is a good idea to stand when delivering a toast to a table of 8 or more.
Re-gifting is impolite.
Re-gifting is OK, as long as it is done thoughtfully and in a different social circle. Personalize the gift by re-wrapping it….and attaching a new card, of course!
The bread plate is on which side of your place setting?
The bread plate is to your left, while your drinks are to your right. Remember the acronym BMW (Bread-meal-water). Should your neighbour take your bread plate, try to make do without one or discreetly ask for another.
When entertaining on a budget at a restaurant, stay on course by:
Casually mention which menu items you like or are thinking about. A savvy guest will choose a similarly priced meal.
A ideal host gift would be:
Home accents (napkins, coasters, candles) are a safe choice for a host gift. A bouquet of flowers will have your already busy host looking for a vase to put them in. Only bring flowers that are ready for display.
Name badges are worn on which side?
Name badges are worn on the right, as that is the side most people look at when they are shaking your hand. It also leaves the left side available for a lapel pin or brooch.
Your phone rings and you only have a few seconds to talk. Should you:
Do not answer an unexpected phone call unless you have at least three minutes to talk. If the call demands more than three minutes, it is fine to schedule the call for later. Voicemail lets someone fully explain the purpose of the call without being cut off.
The best seat at a restaurant table:
The best seat is generally the one facing the other diners. It should be reserved for your guest.
Your colleague has a coffee stain on her shirt. You should let her know.
It is polite to point out things that the person can fix right away, such as food stuck in teeth. Your colleague probably knows about the coffee stain but can’t do anything about it.
While eating chicken, you chew on a piece of bone or gristle. Should you:
Objects should be removed from your mouth using your thumb and index finger, then placed on the rim of your plate.
You get the middle seat on an airplane. Which armrest is yours?
The middle passenger gets both armrests.
You should respond to a handwritten thank you card.
It is not necessary to respond to a thank you message.
On a two-button suit jacket, only the top button is fastened
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