Harold Almon Etiquette Coach 512 821-2699
Be at Ease School of Etiquette Austin
The line to the table is used to pair people with their dinner partners. Just before dinner, this line is to be formed, you can begin or join a line to the bathroom. This can allow you to enforce the rule: "Go wash your hands and get ready to come to the table."
1. When you are hungry and know the necessity of passing the clean nail test, you may wash your nails with soap and cold water. Wet your hands. Turn the water off. Wash your hands by agitating one against the other. Rinse them. Clean under each fingernail from the tip to the under skin. You can use a fingernail of one hand to clean behind the fingernails on the other. You may use a file in a finger-nail clipper, or one tip of a pair of tweezers. At home, this could be done using a nailbrush. Check the reflection of your nails in the mirror. Make corrections to your nails and put some lotion on your hands where you can. Your nails will look that much better at the table.
2. Before you go, check your face: nose, teeth, and mouth. Allow yourself time to get settled. Then assemble in the room used to form the line to the table. You can wait to do this until after you have read and returned that reusable menu.
Find your dinner partner, and say to this person, "Would you like to go in to dinner?" or "May I take you in to dinner?”