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21 Most Common Table Etiquette Mistakes

How to not embarrass yourself at dinner

Mealtime isn’t the big event that it once was. Formal dinners are an ancient relic, and even the simple family breakfast or dinner is a rare occurrence in many households. These days, people spend so much time eating alone, sharing a pizza and fries, eating in front of the television, or grabbing a muffin and heading out the door that manners are not taken into consideration.

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Have you ever spent the first several minutes of a dinner looking from place setting to place setting, trying to figure out which wine glass is yours? Have you ever just passed the salt and gotten a glare from your grandma? You’re not alone: The most common table etiquette mistakes are often the most simple, and it really is about time you fixed the errors of your ways.

We’re not here to judge! Everyone gets excited and forgets to put their fork down when talking from time to time. And who hasn’t, in a moment of hunger, reached for a bread roll or a gravy boat that is just a little too far away? But these small, common mistakes are easy enough to fix. But before you can clean up your act, you need to know which of these 21 etiquette flubs you’re committing.

Hannah Hoskins and Carolyn Menyes contributed to this article.