1. The Soup Course
Dinner usually begins with soup. The largest spoon at your place is the soupspoon. It will be beside your plate at the right-hand side.
2. The Fish Course
If there is a fish course, it will probably follow the soup. There may be a special fork for the fish. Often it is smaller.
3. Using Knife and Fork
For the main or meat course, the English use the knife in the right hand to cut, keep the fork in the left hand, and bring the food to the mouth. Americans also carve
the meat with the knife, then lay down the knife and taking the fork in the right hand, push it under a small piece of food and bring it to the mouth.
4. Helping Yourself and Refusing
The servant will pass the dish in at your left hand so that you can conveniently
serve yourself with your right hand. But if there is something you may not like, you may quietly say: "No thank you."
5. The Salad Course
A salad is eaten with a fork only held in the right hand with points turned up. There is usually a special one for the salad, a little smaller than the meat fork.
6. Bread and Butter
Bread is taken in the fingers and laid on the side plate or the edge of the large plate. Butter is taken from the butter dish with the butter knife.
7. Leaving the Table
It is impolite for a guest to leave the table during a meal.
8. Various rules and Suggestions
Sit up straight on your chair;
Do not put much food in your mouth at a time;
Drink only when there is no food in your mouth.