Our home ec teacher taught us this, and I never thought I would use it. I was relieved to have learned it when I attended a big formal scholarship dinner in college and sat with the people who had given money for our scholarships! Now I'm going to teach this to our kids :)
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pretty place settings for a bridal shower
An awesome illustrated guide to table manners called "How to Eat Dinner (And You Thought You Knew!)". The best tip for remembering which bread plate and glasses are yours: Touch the tip of your index finger to the tip of your thumb, on both hands. Your LEFT hand will form the letter "b," and your RIGHT hand will form the letter "d." And that's b for bread, d for drink!