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Table Manners

Politeness I'd Truly Like to See

Lev Raphael | Posted 07.06.2016 | Comedy
Lev Raphael

The politeness that would make a real difference in my life, and I suspect a lot of people's, wouldn't come via the USPS or through the other Buzzfeed suggestions. It would be on the road.

The Dos and Don'ts of Gracious Dining

Jodi R. R. Smith | Posted 06.30.2015 | Business
Jodi R. R. Smith

The candidate was ideal for the role. In the post-interview debrief of the lunch, the CEO's only con was that she did not "at least offer" to help with the bill. I asked if he (the interviewer) had invited her (the applicant) to lunch, and he was still baffled.

Stick a Fork in It

Lee Gaitan | Posted 06.13.2015 | Comedy
Lee Gaitan

How can my fingers, which perform so competently in many other situations, fail me so thoroughly when I try to manipulate two simple slivers of wood? I stare at my fingers and they look so normal, so functional. Why can't I do this?

10 Things That Really Make My Head Explode

Jill Robbins | Posted 05.09.2015 | Fifty
Jill Robbins

when a friend challenged me to write down my 'Top 10 List of Pet Peeves,' I thought I'd struggle to come up with 10. I was so wrong. I've got 10. I could even get to 11. I could probably get to 'eleven-teen,' the mythical number my son uses when counting.

10 Simple Ways to Win Over Your Partner's Parents This Thanksgiving

Em & Lo | Posted 01.25.2015 | Women
Em & Lo

Engage in appropriate dinner conversation. That means avoiding sex, politics and the boil you just had removed from your butt.

The Rudest Things You Can Do When You're Eating, According To Etiquette Experts

The Huffington Post | Brie Dyas | Posted 11.11.2014 | Taste

Finally, an answer for quieting open-mouth chewers.

Why You Can't Cook Your Way to a More Enjoyable Family Dinner

Charity Curley Mathews | Posted 11.12.2014 | Parents
Charity Curley Mathews

It's so emotionally charged, this idea of making dinner. "Good moms" cook dinner, right? But when you don't feel appreciated in your own home, by your own people, it's so discouraging.

The One Thing I Refuse to Share

Roz Warren | Posted 06.18.2014 | Fifty
Roz Warren

Say no and you're a killjoy. But say yes and you've given the entire table the go-ahead to share your sirloin. I just want to enjoy my own dinner. All of it. I don't like to share my food. Is that so terrible?

The Worst People To Sit Near In A Restaurant

The Daily Meal | Posted 05.04.2014 | Taste
The Daily Meal

In an effort to fit as many people as possible into an oftentimes small space, restaurants oftentimes seat parties so close to each other that there's high potential for that one inconsiderate banquette-mate to spoil a meal for everyone.

Eat, Drink, Shush!

Kim Lute | Posted 04.13.2014 | Travel
Kim Lute

Though I'm not for expelling children from decidedly mature European playgrounds, I am in favor of kid-free dining. What is one family's easily ignorable background chatter (ie: kids being kids) is another's theater of the absurd.

Dining Etiquette: Are You Guilty of These Business Lunch Don'ts?

Diane Gottsman | Posted 03.23.2014 | Business
Diane Gottsman

Gauge your food selection according to your table mate; if they order soup and salad, it's not in your best interest to order steak and potatoes, with a side order of creamed corn.

Toasting Etiquette: Do's and Don'ts

Diane Gottsman | Posted 03.02.2014 | Taste
Diane Gottsman

New Year's Eve is almost here, and many of us will be in charge of heralding in the New Year with a compulsory toast. Before you spend one more moment of time worrying about how you'll propose a toast, follow these tips and start the New Year off on the right foot.

21 Animals That Will Teach You How To Win Thanksgiving

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 11.25.2013 | Comedy

These adorable animals want to make sure you don't embarrass grandma this Thanksgiving.

Ask the Etiquette Expert: Holiday Table Etiquette

Diane Gottsman | Posted 01.23.2014 | HuffPost Home
Diane Gottsman

Here are a few holiday table etiquette questions to start off the season on the right foot.

Why I Believe in Mandatory Service

Alison Cayne | Posted 09.13.2013 | Taste
Alison Cayne

Nope, I'm not writing about military service. I have come to strongly believe that we would, in fact, live in a better, kinder world if every teenager took a job in the service industry before entering adulthood.

How My 11-Year-Old Ended Up In An Etiquette Class

Patricia Falvo Held | Posted 06.12.2013 | Parents
Patricia Falvo Held

I envisioned love interests in their distant futures saying, "He seemed nice, but the way he ate grossed me out," or future co-workers always "too busy" to grab lunch. So that's how my 11-year-old ended up wearing a suit and tie and attending a monthly etiquette class.

Our Least Favorite Bad Habit: Open-Mouth Chewing

Posted 09.30.2013 | Taste

We're not sticklers for etiquette, but we are committed to the enjoyment of our eating experience.

10 Meal Etiquette Rules Every Kid Should Know

GalTime | Posted 03.06.2013 | Parents

This year, instead of the usual resolutions, why not make gathering the family around the dining table -- working on manners and proper eating etiquette -- top of the list?

WATCH: Are You Eating Spaghetti All Wrong?

Posted 10.18.2012 | Taste

Learn to do it as an Italian would.

Refresher Dining Quiz: Test Your Knowledge

Lisa Mirza Grotts | Posted 12.01.2012 | Style
Lisa Mirza Grotts

Is it okay to pick up your chicken with your fingers when you go out to dinner? No. Chicken must be cut with a knife and fork. Exception: in your own home with family, or at a picnic.

Backhanded Compliments: How To Deal With Them At Your Dinner Table

Posted 09.14.2012 | Taste

There are a lot of things that can go wrong when throwing a dinner party. The wine can be corked... your recipe can fail... your dog can bite someone ...

Dinner Party 101: How To Set A Table Without Being Stuffy

Posted 09.06.2012 | Taste

So, you've taken the plunge: you're planning a dinner party. Congratulations! But then the anxiety sets in. Will everyone like the food? Will you ...

Why I Don’t Force My Kids to 'Just Eat What’s In Front of Them'

Charity Curley Mathews | Posted 06.23.2012 | Parents
Charity Curley Mathews

My husband and I are trying to create a home culture where family dinners are enjoyed by everyone and eaten by everyone (almost) every time. Here's what works for us.

How to Use a Finger Bowl

Lisa Mirza Grotts | Posted 04.15.2012 | Home
Lisa Mirza Grotts

While finger bowls may be a thing of the past, they do exist in many private clubs across the country and are still served at some formal dinners, so it's good to know how to use one. Plus, you may want to serve them after some casual dinners yourself.

How To Dine Out With Kids

Menuism | Posted 02.12.2012 | Home

Have you ever gone to a restaurant hoping for a quiet, relaxing dining experience only to find that the table next to you is the temporary playground for a couple of rowdy kids and two stressed-out parents?