There are 5 uses of the napkin that everyone should at least know!
If you are at a formal meal, one the hosts opens her napkin and places it in her lap, that signifies it’s time to eat.
The napkin is used to catch crumbs. Keep your clothes clean👍
The napkin is used to remove food from your outer mouth area. Remember it’s not a washcloth. Do not wipe your entire lower half of your face at the table. Simply blot the corners of your mouth to remove any food.
Use the napkin to cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. Slightly turn your head to the side and cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough. If you drop your napkin or it becomes too soiled, ask the waiter for another one.
Just as the napkin is used to start a meal by the host, it also ends the meal. Once the meal is finished, place your silverware in the “finished position“ and place your napkin on the left side of your plate.
Even if it is not a formal meal, please use these tips so that your dining experience will benefit you and your dining guests.