DINING ETIQUETTE MASTERY: NAVIGATING NAPKIN ETIQUETTE WITH GRACE AS A HOST OR GUEST
To excel as a gracious host or guest, it is essential to adeptly handle and utilize the napkin at the dining table, adhering to key etiquette principles
Promptly place the napkin in your lap upon seating. If there’s a host or hostess, wait for them to take their napkin off the table and put it in their lap. For buffet-style meals, unfold your napkin when you start eating.
Unfold large napkins halfway and medium/small ones fully, ensuring they cover your lap appropriately.
If there’s a napkin ring, remove the napkin, placing the ring at the top-left of the setting.
Instead of wiping your mouth, blot it with the napkin.
Keep your napkin on your lap throughout the meal.
When leaving the table temporarily, place your napkin in your chair and push it back under the table, signaling your return. Upon resuming, return the napkin to your lap.
At the meal’s conclusion, leave your napkin in loose folds, concealing any soiled parts. Avoid refolding, signaling to the wait staff that you’ve finished your meal.
If after-dinner coffee is served at the table, the napkin remains in your lap.