How to Leave Dinning Table
When dining, there are many occasions why you must get up and leave the dining table. Knowing
how to leave your dining table properly shows that you have manners, good education, and good upbringing. Below are
some rules of how to leave a dining table. Reasons why one might want to leave a dining table before everyone else
are, for example:
Rules of how to leave a dining table
When you are in the middle of a DIRECT conversation
If someone at your table is talking to you at the time you want to leave, decide is that person
is worth listening to first before you start to leave the table. At a large dinning table, people always talk and
there are generally one than one conversations going on at the time. A direct conversation at you is the only thing
you have to consider. A direct conversation is one where someone is talking to you directly, not to the group but
to you and you ALONE.
Person talking is worth listening to
If the person talking to you is worth listening to, you may want to remain seated until
there is a 'break in the conversation'. There are ALWAYS breaks in any conversation and it is up to you to
recognize the break and seize the opportunity to leave. You CANNOT wait until all conversations have ended or
you will waiting all night! See How to get out of a conversation section.
Person talking is not worth listening to
If the person talking is casual with you and it seems like it won't offend them if you
suddenly leave, do the followings:
By seeing you rising, the person talking to you can see that you need to get up and
leave for the moment. Most people won't get offended. They might, though, think that you really need the
bathroom but that is no problem - people do need to use the restroom when they need to.
When you are not in the middle of a DIRECT conversation
If you are not having a direct conversation with someone, then leaving the dining table is easy.
put your napkin down on the SEAT
move your chair to a neat position. When you get up you are likely to leave your chair
twisted and unparallel to the table. It is nice to align your chair SLIGHTLY for politeness. DO NOT
align your chair too much or you will seem like the server or the service class, unworthy
of dining in a classy restaurant.