Young Brits don’t know dinner party etiquette

A SURVEY found that 1 in 5 adults have never been to a fancy dinner party and don’t know how to host one.

Which cutlery do I use for this course? How many buns is polite to eat? Which glass goes with which drink? These are some of the most frequently asked questions from adults under 30 when attending or hosting a dinner party.

Etiquette expert Diana Mathers teaches teens dinner party rules in her video for the #GenerationWOW campaign


Etiquette expert Diana Mathers teaches teens dinner party rules in her video for the #GenerationWOW campaignPhoto credit: SWNS

More than a quarter of young people are trying to host their own dinner parties and many will be celebrating the Queen’s platinum jubilee this weekend.

Specsavers Home Visits with u3a launched the #GenerationWOW campaign, which highlights the “Wonderful Elder Wisdom” that older people are willing to share, as their research finds 6 in 10 young adults believe that the over 60s are teaching them valuable skills could.

Diana Mather of The English Manner, who is part of #GenerationWOW, said: “Things like etiquette can be quite intimidating, but what better time than the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee to learn about it and enjoy more formal celebrations.”

However, 73 percent of those surveyed via OnePoll believe that etiquette and good manners are dying out.

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Clinical Director Dawn Roberts said, “Research has shown that there is a clear knowledge gap when it comes to etiquette and younger adults.”

Mather said: “It’s sad to hear that younger people are believing that etiquette is on the wane as it is as relevant today as it has ever been. Being able to hold your own at a formal event can be crucial to professional success, as can being able to enjoy weddings and dinner parties.

Roberts explained that her research showed that many over-60s would be grateful to be able to pass on their dinner party expertise to the younger generations.

Mather advised any young adult who is unsure of which knife to use or what topics to discuss at the dinner table to always seek advice from an older relative or friend.

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