Where should you place your napkin?

Where should you place your napkin?

NAPKIN. The napkin should be picked up, unfolded and placed on the lap, but not above the table level. A large dinner napkin is folded in half, with the fold facing the body, while the luncheon napkin should be opened completely.

Where do you place the napkin after seating the guest?

Place the napkin in your lap immediately upon seating. If there is a host or hostess, wait for him or her to take their napkin off the table and place it in his or her lap. (An exception to this rule is buffet-style meals, where you should unfold your napkin when you start eating.) Unfolding the Napkin.

How do you place a napkin on the table?

According to etiquette, the napkin is placed to the left of the main dinner plate. If the napkins are placed in the glasses for the table setting, the napkins will be on the right, as the cups or goblets should be situated to the right of the main plate.

Is it OK to tuck your napkin in your shirt?

Place your napkin on your lap either when you take your seat or when your drink arrives. Feel free to tuck your napkin into your collar when eating spaghetti or another potentially messy meal. It’s not the most elegant look, true, but napkin tucking is acceptable if you’d otherwise worry about your clothes.

Do You Put your napkin on the chair or on the table?

Upholstered chairs aren’t always easy to clean, so it would be better to risk transferring sauce to the table or tablecloth instead. Besides, the napkin is going to eventually end up on the table when the meal is finished. Why risk getting the chair dirty when you don’t have to. Even the prettiest of napkins are made get dirty.

Where do you place your napkin at the end of a meal?

Napkin Rings. If a napkin ring is present, after removing your napkin, place the ring to the top-left of the setting. At the end of the meal, grasp the napkin in the center, pull it through the ring, and lay it on the table with the point facing the center of the table.

What’s the proper way to unfold a napkin?

Keep in mind that unfolding the napkin should be done below the table, out of sight, and not above the level of the table for everyone to see. Also, if the napkin is folded into a triangle, unfold the napkin completely and refold it into a rectangle.

Where does the word napkin come from in etiquette?

Even though some dining etiquette may vary depending on the setting, basic napkin etiquette should generally stay the same regardless of the venue. The word napkin derives from the Old French word nappe from around the early 15th century meaning cloth and the Middle English word kin, meaning small.

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