Etiquette Question

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by NYboy, Apr 12, 2011.

  1. NYboy

    NYboy Songster

    Nov 12, 2009
    White plains
    When eating out, when do you place napkin in lap? When you first sit down or when 1st coarse is served?

  2. Camelot Farms

    Camelot Farms Chickenista

    I place mine after I have ordered but before the 1st course arrives.
  3. carolinagirl58

    carolinagirl58 Songster

    Mar 30, 2011
    Lugoff, SC
    I place it in my lap before the meal arrives. And I set my flatware on the bread plate instead of the table because the table is NOT clean, it's been wiped down with the same dirty rag they wipe the chairs down with.
  4. As soon as everyone is seated. In a group setting, you wait until the host/hostess (or guest of honor) has unfolded theirs. In a very nice restaurant this will be done for you.
  5. Royd

    Royd Songster

    May 31, 2009
    Middleburg, Fl.
    How do you get your head into your lap, to wipe your mouth?....Just kidding.
  6. Carols Clucks

    Carols Clucks Songster

    Oct 13, 2010
    Quote:Sheesh don't ya know, everyone leans to the lap to their right and uses that napkin [​IMG]
  7. WriterofWords

    WriterofWords Has Fainting Chickens

    Dec 25, 2007
    Chaparral, New Mexico
    When your food arrives, there is no need for it before that. If you have appetizers, when you start eating them.

    ETA: I should note here; traditional etiquette would call for it as soon as you sat down because of the many courses of the meal. Most times now you only have appetizers or a salad and then a meal and dessert, not 6 or 7 courses that started as soon as you sat at the table.
    Last edited: Apr 12, 2011

  8. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    If you need it in your lap, scoot closer to the table!
  9. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    Quote:just before I get my drinks.
  10. desertdarlene

    desertdarlene Songster

    Aug 4, 2010
    San Diego
    I used to do it as soon as I sat down because that's how I was raised (if it matters, my dad is English). Now, I do it when I need it, that is when the food arrives.

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