Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Pet Peeves.....Table Manners

Is it just me, or do table manner seem to have disappeared. Some things that drive me completely nuts are;
  • Pointing with your utensils. Don't point your knife at me unless you intend to stab me with it;
  • Eating with your mouth open or talking with your mouth full. I don't want to see your masticated food and you look like a cow;
  • Starting to eat before everyone has their food and is seated. It's not hard to wait. If you are literally going to die from hunger, you can always ask if you can start. It is worse manners to die at the table than to start eating;
  • Holding the utensils like a caveman (or woman) or leaning your elbows on the table while you are eating;
  • Pouring your own drink. Ask around, we all want to get drunk too.
  • Getting too drunk.  It's from not sharing.
  • Leaving the table before everyone has finished. If you have to, then at least excuse yourself;
  • Not thanking the host. Even if you really didn't like the food (don't tell them), you have to appreciate the effort they put in;
I had better stop now. I can see I am on roll and soon no-one will ever want to dine with me again.


  1. I fully agree. It is only common courtesy to show basic table manners. It always gets my gripe when people start eating (especially before the host). We eat meals at the table as a family every night, we teach our children to have respect and say thankyou. Holding cutlery and knowing which to use are also a great way to set them up for meals in adulthood.

  2. Ozzie Thriftmumma, I am glad it's not just me. At least our children will be able to hold awesome dinner parties when they grow up. I love it when I hear my girls play and they use manners with each other. You know you are doing something right.

    Rachel xx

  3. Hahahaha, love them! They made me giggle.

  4. Totally with you on this. My mum drilled table manners into us and at the time it was so annoying. But I now notice when people do not have them..... x

  5. Hello Mrs Woog, It's good that there are people out there still teaching their children manners. Thank you for visiting and commenting. Big fan and your blog. Rachel xx

  6. Baaaahaha. Love it. You could totally still come to my place for dinner. Just don't sit near my Hubby. :P

  7. My pet hate is watching how people hold their cutlery all weird.

    Okay so now I confess I am a Real Housewives fan and just about all the women on that show hold their knives and forks really weird. I think I growl every time I see it.

  8. Hi Ellie, I am going to obsess on how the Housewives hold their utensils now and I am going to miss the amazing story lines. Thanks for sharing. Rachel xx