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Good table manners - vintage tips
Good table manners - vintage tips

By Dana Gornitzki

Stop eating with your hands, and sit up straight while you’re at it. Now, take a moment to remember the family dinner. Lovely! (video)

In fact, remember what it feels like to sit down and enjoy a civilised dinner at the table (not from a take-away container). Take a peek at this charming vintage classic (sigh) and see what proper dining manners look like.

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Dear M. de P. With all due respect, this vintage clip is informative, but somehow I doubt was shot, in your household. Amusing nonetheless. Thanks for posting, but more importantly, thanks for caring. EG

  • Jay Remer
  • 04 Nov, 2011
  • 8:50 pm
 

Dear Monsieur EG
You are quite right, this vintage film was not shot in my household. To start with, my dishes are a touch more ornate. I believe in dining in style, especially at a dinner party. However, I am with you - the clip is amusing and provides a few lovely pointers.
Warm regards
Prunella

  • Prunella de Pedant
  • 05 Nov, 2011
  • 5:10 pm
 

Dear M. de P.,
I have almost fully recovered from last night’s etiquette spectacle. Fun for sure, but a spectacle nonetheless! I too love nice dishes. I do not approve of dinner plates with decorated centers however, as they look dreadful at the end of a course. I like selecting flowers first for a dinner party, depending on what is fresh in the garden. Dishes then must suit the flowers. Food, which is carefully ‘menued’, is selected next, followed of course by wine. I have only one flatware service from which to choose, but hope you will agree with me that most food tastes best when eaten with silver. Next best is with fingers. With continued admiration, I remain, sincerely yours, EG

  • Jay Remer
  • 05 Nov, 2011
  • 5:27 pm
 

Dear Monsieur EG
Many thanks for your missive - absolutely agreed on all fronts.
Your flower selection process sounds heavenly, and I can wholeheartedly relate as I have a fond admiration for flowers from one’s own garden.
Quite right, food does taste splendid when eaten with silver although
fingers are sometimes required - it may not sound as appealing to some, but culinary delights can taste most homey and delicious.
Chin chin!
Warm regards
Prunella

  • Prunella de Pedant
  • 05 Nov, 2011
  • 5:59 pm
 

I LOVE it!!!!

  • Hope
  • 21 Nov, 2013
  • 5:26 pm
 

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