Etiquette tips for Thanksgiving dinner and holiday parties

- Whether it be at the Thanksgiving table this week or a holiday party for work, the art of networking and table manners are crucial.

We are getting schooled in proper dinner etiquette with Dr. Linda Hagan, professor of marketing at Walsh College.

First off, when it comes to a table setting there are a lot of different plates and silverware. Dr. Hagan says a helpful tip for knowing which ones are yours, make a "OK" signs with your hands. Your left looks like a lowercase b, and your right looks like a lowercase d. 

She says if you place your hands down at the table you'll notice your bread is where you "b" hand is, and your drink is where your "d" hand is. Don't forget - forks on your left, knives and spoons on the right.

Some other helpful tips:

  • Make sure to accept or decline the invitation on time.
  • Dress the part and make sure your clothes are clean & fit
  • Be courteous and take your cues from the host.
  • Be very conservative in your intake of alcohol. 
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