10 Rules of Banquet Hall Etiquette


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It is common that when attending an event in a banquet hall, we wonder how to behave, especially when it comes time to eat. But you don't have to worry anymore, here are 10 rules that will save you from having the best behavior.


1.- THE HOST OF THE PARTY MUST BE THE FIRST TO EAT


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One of the little-known rules is that the person who should inaugurate the mealtime is the host, or birthday girl, and the fact is that no matter how hungry we are, we can look very bad if we start first. Of course, there are some exceptions: when the host asks us to start earlier; or when we arrive after the established time and everyone has already started eating.


2.- PLACE THE NAPKIN ON YOUR LAP


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There is confusion as to where to place the napkin since in the movies we are shown that if it is tied around the neck it is normal, however, this is only well seen in babies and children: it should be placed on the lap.


3.- THE FOOD ON THE CENTER PLATES IS NOT TO BE TOUCHED.


In the case that in the banquet hall there are different trays in front to choose your food, such as pieces of bread, you only have to take the one that corresponds to you and does not "touch" the others.


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4. - SOUPS ARE NOT TO BE DRUNK


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Perhaps this is the best-known etiquette rule, since even at home mothers always scold their children for doing so, and it is not to drink the soup as if it were a glass, it is best to finish it with a spoon.


5.- AVOID COOLING BY BLOWING


No matter how hot the food is, especially liquids, one of the rules dictates that it is frowned upon to blow to cool it, even if it is only with a spoon.


6.- USE THE CUTLERY ONLY IN YOUR FOOD


It is common that sometimes we are tempted to use our own cutlery to take the sauce and even the salad, but besides being inadequate, it is not very hygienic for the other guests.


7.- AVOID PLACING THE CUTLERY ON THE TABLECLOTH


If you leave the banquet hall table for a moment, but you plan to continue eating, it is best to place the silverware on top of the plate, side by side; and when you finish eating, it will be enough to put them together and rest them on the plate.


8.- ASK FOR WHAT YOU NEED


If there is some distant object that you want, it is better to ask for it first rather than cross your arm and affect your table companions.


9.- THE NAPKIN ON THE SIDE OF THE PLATE


When you finish eating your food it is important to place the napkin on one of the sides of the plate, and on the contrary, avoid placing it on top of it.


10.- TAKE THE BREAD ON THE LEFT



If it is a formal banquet hall, it is likely that the bread will not be served in the traditional shared basket, so they will be placed on one side of the plate and you will have to choose between the right or the left, choose the latter or you will leave a very bad impression to your partner.


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