Etiquette used to dictate that you should never put your elbows on the table, but it is perfectly okay between courses if you are carrying on a conversation.
Just do not do it all the time or while actually eating.
Proper posture means sitting up with your feet on the floor.
Crossing your legs should only be done at the ankles. You can rest them on the edges of the table when talking occasionally, but do not set them there as though the table is a prop to hold you up.
Do not admit that you do not like beets, cauliflower, or whatever the particular food is.
What if you get something in your mouth that you cannot eat?
Also irritating is watching someone twirl his or her hair or play with food on the plate.
This seems to be a particular affliction of teens, who either lounge in their chairs as though they are recliners or slump over their plates, folding themselves up to avoid human contact.
Dining regularly at the family table will help you teach your children proper dining etiquette, something that will help them as adults.
Proper dining etiquette is essential for dating, workplace dinner meetings, and all kinds of social functions.
If you need to get up during the meal, do not put the napkin on the table; the other diners do not want to look at your dirty napkin. However, at the end of your meal, you should place your napkin next to your plate.
If you drop your napkin on the floor, do not pick it up; ask your server or host for a new one.