Man­ners at the man­sion

Taste & Flavors - - VIVRE SAVOIR -

Make sure to place your nap­kin on your lap and not on the ta­ble. Watch your host­ess for sig­nals on when to eat when she lays her nap­kin on her lap, and sig­nal­ing the end, by pick­ing up her nap­kin and plac­ing it on the ta­ble. Never hold your cup with your pinkie fin­ger ex­tended. This is im­proper and in most so­cial set­tings is con­sid­ered rude.

If seated at a ta­ble, do not lift the saucer (this is only proper if stand­ing; then lift the saucer with the cup). When you are tak­ing a sip of tea, do not look around but lower your eyes so you can see what you are do­ing and not spill your tea. Do not dine with gloves on and never sip or slurp tea. Leave your nap­kin on the chair, not the ta­ble, if you must leave the ta­ble. When you are ready to leave, you sim­ply thank your host and say good­bye to the guest of honor.

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