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Manner Matters: Guests with Chips

Molly Watson 17 comments

What to do if you're hosting a dinner party and your friends insist on opening a bag of chips right before dinner. More

Manner Matters: Who's On the Grill?

Molly Watson 13 comments

This time of year, every party's a barbecue, and the invitations often ask guests to bring something to throw on the grill. Are there any rules surrounding what sorts of things you should bring and who should cook it? More

Manner Matters: Help, My Friend Chews With Her Mouth Open

Molly Watson 28 comments

Is there a way to tell a friend who chews her food with her mouth open that it is... well, distracting? More

Manner Manners: Splitting Up the Tip

Molly Watson 14 comments

How do you ensure your party tips well, without seeming like an overzealous jerk about it? More

Manner Matters: How to Share Food Without Being Rude

Molly Watson 37 comments

Is there a way to tell people they're being gross for sharing food and drinks without being rude about it? More

Manner Matters: Should You Tattle on Kids Sneaking Food?

Molly Watson 39 comments

What should you do if you see a child sneak some food from a sibling, but the parent doesn't notice? More

Manner Matters: Dealing With the Drunkety-Drunk

Molly Watson 16 comments

What should you do when a member of your party has very clearly had too much to drink and is making a scene and drawing unwanted attention from other diners? More

Manner Matters: The Finer Points of Eating With Your Hands

Molly Watson 26 comments

How should one make polite conversation whilst elbow-deep in peel-and-eat-shrimp or barbecue ribs? More

Manner Matters: Bagel Brouhaha and the Rules of Cohabitation

Molly Watson 23 comments

When a couple disagrees about houseguests' eating habits, our etiquette columnist steps in with some relationship advice. More

Manner Matters: How to Order When Out to Dinner

Molly Watson 18 comments

A reader asks: "Am I crazy for thinking ordering multiple courses at a decent restaurant is a must? If I'm not crazy, can you recommend a polite way to encourage others to order both appetizers and entrees?" More

Manner Matters: How To Dine Out With Kids

Molly Watson 31 comments

In a question that will surely draw strong opinions from all sides, a reader asks how to teach her toddler son to behave appropriately in restaurants. More

Manner Matters: How to Suitably Slurp Shellfish

Molly Watson 6 comments

What's the polite way to eat mussels, oysters, and other potentially messy shellfish? More

Manner Matters: Dealing with Dietary Demands

Molly Watson 25 comments

How far should you go to accommodate food issues with guests? More

Manner Matters: Birthday Bill Blues

Molly Watson 25 comments

In a fizzling friendship, who's responsible for picking up the tab for a birthday meal? More

Manner Matters: Crack Open That Bottle

Molly Watson 22 comments

When is the appropriate time to open a gifted bottle of wine? More

Manner Matters: Bread and Butter Basics

Molly Watson 33 comments

You have bread. You have butter. You have a knife and a plate of some sort. Now what? More

Manner Matters: Playing the Dating Game

Molly Watson 14 comments

Get the basics on choosing a restaurant for a first date. More

Manner Matters: The Knife-and-Fork of It

Molly Watson 17 comments

You're done eating. Now where do your knife and fork go? More

Manner Matters: Hosting 101

Molly Watson 8 comments

At a meal with a mixed crowd, whose responsibility is it to keep the conversation flowing? More

Manner Matters: Hands off My Cake

Molly Watson 19 comments

How should you respond when an acquaintance takes a bite off your plate uninvited? More

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