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Manner Monday: Unnecessary Dinner Table Accessories



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When you think about accessories for the dinner table; cell phones, purses and keys do not conjure up an appetizing, or appealing, meal.  Unfortunately though, just about every meal out, you will see these items added to the table décor.

Keeping in mind that you don’t want to place anything on the table that was not there upon your arrival; here are some tips on what to do with personal accessories:

  • Cell phones – out of sight and out of mind.  Spend the time at your table engaging in polite conversation with your tablemates, not your technology.
  • Keys – pocket or purse, hopefully you don’t need to plan for a quick get-away.
  • Purse or Briefcase – if the item is large, place it on the floor under your chair and out of the way of the wait staff.  If it is small, place it on your lap or between you and the back of your chair.  Refrain from hanging your purse or briefcase on the back of your chair…you want it to be there at the end of your meal.

By keeping the table free from unnecessary table accessories, you can more easily focus on your meal and your tablemates.

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  1. B2design says:

    Great post!

    I was amazed with the horrible manners I witnessed while eating dinner with my family last weekend. At the table next to us sat a young couple – no wedding rings, so I’m guessing it was a date. The young lady kept picking up her iPhone… To play Words With Friends!

    At the table on the other side of us, BOTH the man and woman were busy tapping away on their iPhones. And, at the table behind my wife, it was the gentleman who was fixated on his glowing screen.

    Now, I’m all for technology, but… Really?! Thinking back to the dark ages when I dated, I can’t imagine being in the presence of someone with whom I was interested and spending my time staring at my communication device. Wow.

    And, for the record, I was not spending my entire evening watching these couples. I was fully engaged in discussions at my table… I just ‘happened’ to notice these small acts of rudeness.


    1. Thank you Brian for the comment.
      Yes, it is really bad. It goes all over me too when I see it. We’ve recently implemented a ‘no-tech’ rule from 6-9pm in our family… we’re calling it focus on the family time. I’m sure there will be times when we ‘break the rule’, but for the most part, I think it’s a good start.
      Thanks again!

  2. Beth says:

    Carey Sue-
    Great post as usual. You are the Goddess of Good Manners. As an aside, I had my LV stolen off the floor right next to my chair at Rebar at the Trump in Chicago. Needless to say, I had my whole life in that bag so it was a nightmare dealing with the consequences, including having my identity stolen. Now, I take a small clutch with the very bare essentials in it- including just the key to my apartment rather than my entire keyring. The clutch is much easier to keep on my lap or put between me and the back of my chair. Just a thought.

    BTW, I’m still waiting for the apology call from The Donald offering to replace my $1,300 bag…….

    1. Thank you Beth for the kind words!!!
      Yes, I remember the stolen LV and all the headaches that came with that frustrating situation.
      Great suggestion on the clutch and taking the bare essentials!!!
      Thanks for sharing.

  3. I have to disagree with your ‘put your purse on the floor’ suggestion. Never, ever, ever put your purse or briefcase on the floor of a restaurant, mall, bathroom, store etc. Just consider what people have walked through then dragged across the floor. You put your purse on that then come home and perhaps…put it on the kitchen table? Kitchen counter?

    There are hundreds of articles on this sort of thing!

    1. Thank you Suburban Princess for commenting! I think Beth has the best suggestion with taking the bare necessities in a small clutch that can be kept in your lap.
      As to the floor, yes I agree it is extremely gross, but if the item is big, it needs to be out of the way and if all of the seats are taken, the floor is your only resort. When at home, I keep purses FAR away from countertops for the exact reason you pointed out! No telling what lurks on the bottom of our purses and briefcases. Scary.
      Thanks for stopping by my blog… I’m off to visit yours, it looks wonderful!

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