7 Dining Etiquette Tips for Kids of all Ages

Having a good grasp of basic dining etiquette can help become a better dinner guest and avoid embarrassing mistakes. We’ve come up with seven tips you need to know, but first, this.

When you receive your first order of ready-to-heat Arxegoz Eats you’re going to realize that our meals are a step above other meal delivery options. From the way we prepare and package our cuisine, to the food itself, you’ll appreciate the difference.

It’s good. It’s really, really good. It’s not something you can make in your own kitchen for the simple fact that we source seasonings worldwide. You can’t recreate it with stuff you buy at the store because we source locally produced ingredients. And you can’t get it anywhere else because these meals are Chef-Romell-created and overseen, every step along the way.

It’s so good that you might want to get dressed up and make a big deal out of dinner again. And you’re welcome to – but you’re also welcome to enjoy these meals in casual attire or even jammies, if you prefer. The dining etiquette for Arxegoz Eats Asian fusion cuisine is completely up to you!

With that in mind, we thought it might be fun to go over some dining etiquette myths and musts so you can improve your table manners or teach your kids some of the rules they might want to know when they’re grown or you’re all eating out somewhere special.

7 Dining Etiquette Tips for Every Day Living

  1. When it comes to silverware, work from the outside in.

Most Tehaleh households probably set a fairly simple table when it comes to dinner day in and day out. But for special occasions, you might be adding forks and spoons for a multi-course dining experience. Rule of thumb when confronted with all that extra cutlery? Work from the outside in. If you’re setting the table, that means you put the silverware your guests will need to use first farther from the plate, and silverware they’ll be using last closest to the plate. Or you can skip the whole exercise and just use chopsticks!

You might also like: How to set the table for a formal dinner – thespruce.com

  1. Hands off.

No one wants someone else touching their food. If someone asks you to pass a dish, pass the dish, don’t touch an item to hand to them. It’s also more polite in that it gives them a chance to choose their own portion size and pick which items (such as a cut of meat) look most appetizing to them. While we’re on this topic, if you’ve heard that it’s bad manners to reach across someone else’s plate, that’s true. Not because of the reach, but because something could inadvertently drop onto their plate or into their glass in the process.

  1. When should you pick up your napkin?

Have you ever sat down at a nice restaurant and looked down to find a beautifully folded napkin sitting on your plate? If you have, you might have wondered whether you should pick it up right away or not until the food arrives at your table. Dining etiquette suggests that you should pick it up right after being seated, unfold it and put it in your lap – don’t wait for the food to be served.

If you’re hosting a formal dinner or attending one – maybe at the home of one of your Tehaleh neighbors – the host or hostess picking up and unfolding their napkin is actually the signal that it’s time to eat. And by extension, when they place their napkin on their plate at the end of the meal, this is the signal that dinner is officially over (and you should follow suit).

  1. Can you eat before everyone has their food?

When eating out, dining etiquette suggests that It’s generally considered polite to wait until everyone at your table has been served before starting to eat. If someone hasn’t been served but tells everyone else to please go ahead, dig in! Likewise, if the food is hot it may also be permissible to begin eating even though everyone in the party hasn’t yet been served. At a private dinner? Wait for the host or hostess to begin unless otherwise instructed.

  1. Passing.

We’re not talking about football here or the way you toss your brother a roll when he asks for one. Dining etiquette stipulates that food should be passed from the left to the right. If someone asks for the salt, pass both the salt and pepper (and vice versa). When passing an item, set it on the table (not in someone else’s hands).

Never, never intercept a pass! If you’re the middleman in one of these transactions, wait until the recipient has received the item before asking that it be passed back.

  1. Reservations and RSVPs

Eating out? Arrive a few minutes before, right on time or least within 15 minutes of your reservation time. If you’re running later than that, give the restaurant a call and see whether they can take you later or you might arrive to find that someone else has your table.

Dining in? If your host or hostess has issued an invitation that requests an RSVP, then respond. Unfortunately, many people disregard the need to RSVP in order to leave their options open or because they simply don’t understand. Your host or hostess is using the confirmations to plan everything from portions to place settings and seating – it’s rude to show up if you didn’t respond and it’s rude to ditch if you did!

  1. Elbows down.

You may have had a parent tell you “no elbows on the table!” and wondered as a kid why that was a rule. Though your mom or pop might have said that “it’s rude,” the reality is that this dining etiquette rule is much more practical – it’s to help prevent spills. Keeping your arms back from the table reduces the likelihood that you’ll knock over a glass.


Arxegoz Eats is a totally new kind of meal delivery service dedicated to the neighborhood where it’s owners live, work and play – Tehaleh.

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