That was always the refrain in our house when my grandmother came for dinner. We didn't do it often; mainly just special occasions. We’d have liked to have invited her more, but the events were always slightly traumatising; a stickler for table manners, was my Gran!
These days we’re all a bit more relaxed, but there are still times when you want to ‘do things properly’, so what are the dos and don’ts of dining etiquette?
Top Tip, knives and spoons go on the right, forks on the left, always placed in the order in which they will be used.
Napkins (fabric please) should be placed on the lap as soon as you are seated – never tucked in the front of your shirt, even if soup is being served!
Sit up straight, at a distance from the table that it would be comfortable typing from, elbows never on the table.
Never start before everyone is served.
Eat slowly, with your mouth closed and swallow before you speak.
Eat what you’re given, not just what you like
Always compliment the chef (even if you don't like it).
If all else fails, watch what everyone else is doing, copy and hope for the best!