Table Etiquette Course
Course in Table Etiquette and the Art of Invitation
Three sessions dedicated to training and details to meet your interest in Table Etiquette and the Art of the Invitation.
The programming of the three days:
– The skills of table setting: how to achieve a perfect MISE EN PLACE
– How to use cutlery and glassware
– How to correctly eat “difficult” foods
– Etiquette at the table: how you should comport yourself.
– How to choose the menu, drinks, how many courses to serve and the correct quantities of
each. Under the direction of Doctor of Nutrition Lucia Taragnoloni
– How to arrange the table according to the menu, trial activities
– How to draw up an invitation list
– How to send out and respond to invitations, thank yous and presents, how and when to
return an invitation
– Seating plans, unexpected guests, the golden-rules of a good conversation, the correct
service depending on the type of occasion, from lunch to formal dinners
For further information and registration write to:
or call +39 3895529464
Brief comments about Etiquette
“Etiquette”, being itself a set of rules of behaviour, can sometimes appear to be a paradox, but in reality knowing these rules makes personal interactions easier. In fact following certain rules reduces embarrassment, misunderstandings, errors and allows one to control one’s own reactions and emotions so as to avoid any unpleasant consequences for ourselves and others.
In fact “good manners” combines both logic and common sense: paying attention to others, being self-controlled and natural in every action, and avoiding irritations. In brief, having polite behaviour and good manners.
Why is there an etiquette at the table? Because “good manners” means above all the avoidance of gestures or actions which may hurt, upset, make nervous, or put at a disadvantage the other dinner guests. Etiquette is not the enemy of friendliness but rather makes a glue between the guests, seated at the same table, which creates conviviality through harmony, empathy and reciprocal good-will. A few basic rules which can be summarised in three words: composure, discretion and courtesy. In a convivial atmosphere, when one lowers one’s personal defences, the lack of good manners is fully evident and reflects badly on one.
Often there are some who are sarcastic about the rules of etiquette, seeing them as being useless or old-fashioned. However it should be obvious to everyone that, when attending a formal dinner or a working lunch, the knowledge of these rules saves you from embarrassment and the risk of appearing uneducated. Or perhaps if you have to organise an important dinner in your own home, these rules help when asking yourself in which places you should put your guests of honour (who may be important for the future of your career), what menu to choose, how to set the cutlery and how please the taste of your guests.
Knowing good table manners and how to best use them at an opportune moment also strengthens your self-esteem because it helps you feel secure in yourself without the worries such as “what cutlery should I use? or “where do I put the serviette?” etc
If it is true that to invite someone to lunch implies committing yourself to ensuring their happiness until they feel at home with you at your place, this requires the maximum care in preparing the table, according to the style of the invitation, and creating the right atmosphere.
The choice of the menu and the excellence of the food are not sufficient to ensure the success of a meal: other decisive elements include how the table is set to match the menu and the occasion; the choice of plates, cutlery and glasses to create the perfect scene; who to invite and how; the seating of the guests; the composition of the menu; and the matching of food and wine. But the most relevant element is that of how to behave at the table, from the correct posture to sip a soup to how to eat difficult foods, what to do and what not to do.
These are rules, advice and methods for relating well with others (and showing yourself as having “bella figura” including good-manners) to be followed every day and not just on special occasions. What’s more, knowing the rules enables us to sometimes break them. to enjoy their transgression, especially with the complicity of friends. The elegance of good manners is not a fashion but a way of living (and behaving) naturally, so as not to appear a shallow person who displays apparent perfection but is without substance.