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Southern Charm: Where to place your napkin during a Dinner Party?

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Southern Charm No. 20

Did you know that there is a such thing as napkin etiquette – to teach you where to place your napkin to signal to others if you are temporarily excusing your self or leaving for good?

Today we are giving you a brief dinner napkin 101: Where to place your napkin when you sit down to eat, when you need to excuse yourself from the table but are not yet finished, when your done with your meal and also, what should you do if you drop your napkin on the floor.

During a dinner party it is most appropriate to wait till the host sits down and places his napkin in their lap signaling to their guest to follow suite.

When excusing yourself from the table during the meal you should place the napkin to the left of your plate. This lessens the risk of getting food on your clothes from placing it in the seat.

If you drop your napkin during the meal, instead of reaching for it inform your waiter or your party hostess and ask for a replacement. You never want to use one that fell on the floor – I mean who knows when was the last time they cleaned the floor?!

After the meal is over – if your plate has been cleared from the table,  you should lay your napkin in the now empty spot. If your plate is still on the table, place your napkin to the left of the plate.

Easy enough, right?! Now who wants to throw a dinner party?!

XOXO

-Robyne

Reference | Emily Post 

Photo credit | Allison Davis Photography

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