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Etiquette Tip of the Week: Napkin Apps

Another tip for Banquet Season: if there is an invocation or grace being said before a big banquet, wait until it is completed before you place your napkin in your lap. At a smaller occasion, such as a dinner party, if there is no invocation, place your napkin in your lap when your host does.  Same thing for an interview meal -- wait for your interviewer to place the napkin in his or her lap.<//span>

A dinner napkin is large and folded in half on your lap -- fold it into a rectangle shape, even if it comes folded in a triangle shape.  A luncheon napkin is smaller and is unfolded all the way in your lap, so that it is shaped like a square.  At no point is the napkin tied around your neck or stuffed into your shirt.

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Last Updated: Sunday, August 25, 2013
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