Envision this! You were invited to a friend's house for dinner. The second you step in the door, the aroma of food is amazing. The table setting is out of this world! After an amazing glass of wine with a few olives to soften the palate it is now time to sit for dinner.
Uh oh, awkward moment as each guest slowly moves to the table. Where do I sit? If you are the guest, wait till the host/hostess points out your spot. It's extremely rude to take a seat before being placed by the host. If you are the host, think about this before your guests arrive. Don't make it more awkward than it needs to be. Or better yet, make place cards!
Now that all the guests are seated, dinner is about to be served. Think fast...what direction do you pass the food? Answer: pass in a counterclockwise direction, so to the right! This works best when several dishes are being passed around the table at one time. If someone asks for a specific dish then you can avoid this rule, since it would be silly to pass the red potatoes around the whole table for one person. If the person sitting next to you asks for a roll, never ever pick up a roll and hand it to him. Pass the entire basket of rolls and let the guest choose for themselves. No one will appreicate your fingers all over their food!
Best part of the night, enjoy the dinner, but remember to leave room for dessert!