Mind your manners
Manners and proper behaviour are still as important as ever, but in these days of social media and instant messaging, it’s not always clear what’s acceptable. These little etiquette rules should keep you on track.
When to start eating:
If you’re seated at a table with eight or fewer guests, wait until everyone is served and for the hostess to begin eating before you dig in. At a long banquet table, it’s OK to start when several people are seated and served.
What to keep off the table:
All items not having to do with food (and decoration) should remain off the table: keys, clutch bags, sunglasses, and especially phones.