The lemon wedge has received a bad rap at dinner tables around the world. It has been accused of launching itself into the air and landing several feet away from the table. It has been known to cause temporary blindness from squirting diners right in the eye. It has also been accused of making a splash landing in the CEO’s soup.
Tray service is usually found at upscale formal events. A team of butlers move around the room offering crudités and canapés to guests. The butler will offer a cocktail napkin before presenting the selection of items on the tray. Guests should never turn down the napkin and then choose an item from the tray.
Great question. I see this etiquette standard broken quite a bit. Even in the movies, I have noticed that the honoree violates the toasting process. A toast is proposed to recognize the importance of an occasion or to bring to light the extraordinary deeds of a person or persons.
Terry Brooks Allen is not a novice when it comes to the importance of having order in his life, being most considerate of others and the role personal image plays in our daily lives. Terry’s path to teaching socially acceptable behavior began in his childhood. He recalls a time when his maternal grandmother was president of the Susie Scales Floral Club. As president, his grandmother would host meetings in her home where the ladies would show up in their Sunday’s best. White gloves and all. This group of ladies would have a business meeting and enjoy light refreshments afterwards. From the sparkling formal china, to the salad that was served on a bed of fresh greens, to the cherry that garnished the half pear topped with cottage cheese. Everything was well done. Terry’s grandmother knew that presentation sent the ultimate message of your presence is appreciated and welcomed here.
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