If you want to entertain in style and impress your guests, it is important to dress the table perfectly and correctly. Set aside, the forks, glasses and plates, you want to go the extra miles with setting up your table with a cloth for each guest.
A standard table setting would consist of the following for each person:
– table mat
– cutlery for each course
– as side plate and butter knife
– glasses of each wine served plus a glass of water.
– your napkins which will give your table an amazing look especially if you can fold it and present it perfectly.
1 – Fold your square napkin into a triangle and bring the left and right corners towards the top corner.
2 – Fold the resulting diamond in half, from the bottom to top, and then fold towards you, in half again.
3 – Turn the napkin over and once again bring the left and right-hand corners together and tuck in.
4 – Stand the napkin upright and peel down the two side folds.
5 – Finally, peel down the top corner.
Hello fellow fashionistas
Upon my trip in Japan 🇯🇵 recently, a question came into my mind upon dinner. Am I expected to tip or not? In fact, this question came a billion times upon my summer tour around the world. Whilst in Austria, it’s consider rude not to, Japan as another way to deal with it.
In fact, tipping is not customary in Japan. It can be considered rude and insulting in many situations.
Be sure to put the tipping money inside of a decorative envelope and seal it before handing it to the recipient with a slight bow. Pulling money out of your wallet to use as a tip is generally frowned upon in Japan.
You’ve been warned! 😉😮
Consider the local culture of destination
Sure, “Athleisure” may be hip stateside, but in countries like Japan or South Korea, not only is it perceived as sloppy—it’s also offensive. Same goes for wearing flip flops in Arab, Hindu and Buddhist countries, or skimpy clothing in the Middle East and North Africa. To avoid unwittingly causing offense, read up on the country to which you are visiting’s dress code. An oversized scarf of shawl is also a good investment for more culturally conservative countries.
Among the Flemish, glasses are raised twice during a toast: you raise glasses during the verbal toast, then you exchange glances and raise the glasses again. Only then, you can drink.
In Australia, the thumbs-up sign, which in the USA and United Kingdom signifies “OK” or “Great” is considered rude!
Avoid pouring wine, if possible. There are several complex taboos about wine pouring, with a foreigner can unknowingly violate.
For example, pouring with the left hand is a major insult, pouring wine backwards into a glass indicates hostility, and so on.
Have an amazing weekend and don’t forget to mind your manners!