This Etiquette Tip is Counter-Intuitive


You drop something, you pick it up. Right?

Not always.

If you drop a utensil on the floor while dining out, you should leave it there. Politely mention to the server that you have done so and ask for another.

When I learned this, I had a hard time owning it.  Goes against my grain. But – the reason why we leave it on the floor is so that it doesn’t inadvertently get used by another diner.  When you think of it that way, it makes sense. Your saving your fellow eaters an encounter with the restaurant’s floor yuck.

BUT – When you drop a utensil at home, pick it up and get yourself another! Moms don’t count as “servers” in their own homes!

Once used, utensils should rest on your plate, not on the table.

The only utensils that should be in your hands are the ones you are using to cut and eat. Being animated while talking with a knife or fork in your hand could turn you into a Dangerous Diner!

Do you think you’ll be able to resist the urge to pick up?

Mind Your Manners,


Leave a Reply

Nothing's Finer Than A Fine Young Diner


Use these table manners tips to turn your child into a delightful diner!  Read Kelly’s article as featured in Eastern Home and Travel Magazine.

fine young diner article

Pack Your Manners


Traveling with kids? Read Kelly’s article as published in Eastern Home & Travel

Networking Etiquette: What Do You Know?


Thank you to Team Network for having me as their guest speaker at their Netfast in Rockville, MD. Click on the link to watch our netiquette discussion.

Team Network Netfast

Manners Schmanners! Read Kelly’s Interview in FindIt Frederick!