Table manners are the rules used while eating, which may also include the appropriate use of utensils. Different cultures observe different rules for table manners. Each family or group sets its own standards for how strictly these rules are to be enforced.

Which way should you pass the plates? How should you clear the table? Serving at a dinner party isn’t exactly as easy as pie. Here are some basic guidelines to help you out in your next dinner party.

Place easy, general dishes on the table for guests to help themselves to.
Put complicated, delicate and artistic food on the plates in the kitchen.
Decide on your serving order
Pass all dishes from the left.
Keep the courses rolling
Amaze guests with your knowledge.
Clear only two plates at a time, from the right.
Clean plates out of sight.
Remove main course dishes before bringing out dessert
Serve cream, dessert toppings and sugar from the left
As the cook, or host, always serve yourself last.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

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Table manners are partly what separates us from animals. However, sitting at a table and eating neatly, quietly and politely is something not a lot of us have mastered yet.
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