We take a break from more serious posts, to consider common etiquette for our modern day feasts. Have you committed any of these faux pas?

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If you’re the host, don’t…

  1. Be late serving the food.
  2. Seat spouses or significant others together — boring!
  3. Rush through courses. Pause between them, leaving time for second helpings
  4. Serve dessert at the table — get up and have it in the living room to spice things up.
  5. Start washing dishes — cleaning up is a guaranteed evening-ender.

If you’re a guest, don’t…

  1. Be more than 25 minutes late, but never be exactly on time or early.
  2. Bring something you expect the host to integrate into the meal — he or she has everything planned.
  3. Use iPhones during the dinner, or at any other time during the evening — ever.
  4. Forget to pay attention to both people you are sitting next to.
  5. Stay too late or leave too early (especially at a small fete, where one premature departure can spur a mass exodus).
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