My first recollection of beautiful dinner etiquette was many years ago whilst I was enjoying lunch with my husband on Lake Como, Italy.
Across from us sat a table of 4 ladies, all enjoying pasta and a glass of wine during their lunch break, making the most of the late autumn sunshine. Oh the joys of continental living; is it the good weather that makes it all possible?
As I sat pondering this elegant attitude to life, one of the ladies caught my eye. There was something about her; she exuded style, even whilst eating spaghetti, and that’s no mean feat.
I cannot remember whether she was pretty or indeed what she wore, but her dining etiquette and mannerisms will always stay in my mind.
This was my first glimpse into elegant dining and how it can transform an ordinary woman into a lady with class.
Dining etiquette conjures up different things for different people; for some it is a silver service dinner with perfect table manners, to others it is about planning a picnic, or being the perfect host who is well dressed and hosting a chic soiree for close friends.
Whatever your ideal is, it is important for you to feel confident in every dining situation with your well practiced dinner etiquette skills so that you can enjoy, with ease, the finer things in life.
Your eating and drinking habits reveal as much about you as the way you speak, so practicing the art of dining can pay dividends in both your private and professional life.
If you know how to eat certain foods with confidence, for example, knowing how to use chopsticks and if you are able to navigate challenging dinner party conversations, then you will have an unending stream of social invitations.
But remember don’t overdo it – your table manners should look natural and done with ease. In fact, they should go totally unnoticed as you will not be drawing any attention to yourself but rather focusing on the other people and the event instead.
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