American fans of the PBS show "Downton Abbey" will be able to imitate this marvelously styled fantasy of British life when a company called Knockout Licensing launches multiple brands that seek to replicate the "Downton" look in North America: bedding and bath, home furnishings and decor, housewares, kitchenware and apparel.
Top 10 table manners
Even if you don't have a "Downton Abbey" watch party, keep proper etiquette in mind. Cathy Corey has taught manners to thousands of area schoolchildren, as well as college and law students, for more than 19 years through the National League of Junior Cotillions, a national franchise (though she recently sold hers):
Never begin the meal until everyone has been served; the hostess will be the first to begin eating.
Dinner rolls are to be broken in half; then a bite-size piece is again broken off, buttered and eaten. Your knife should never touch the bread, except to add the butter.
The resting position of your utensils is across the top of the plate -- do not "build a bridge" by resting knives or forks on the lip of the plate and then leaning them on the table.
Once a utensil has been used, it is never placed back on the linens. It must rest on plates or saucers.
Your drinking glasses are always positioned near the top of your dinner knife. Even if you are left-handed, the glass should be placed to the right after every sip.
The dinner napkin is folded into a rectangle, resting on your lap with the fold toward your stomach. It is never tucked into one's collar, unless one is eating lobster.
The salt and pepper shakers are always passed together, even if the request to pass was for only one of them. Like a bride and groom (white and black), they never take separate vacations!
The gentlemen should always rise when a lady approaches or leaves the table.
One always passes to the right with one's left hand (crossing over the front of your body), to shorten the range of motion. The person accepting the pass takes it in his/her right hand, then changes to the left hand when passing.
When finished with the meal, one should place the used napkin to the left of the place setting -- never wadded up on the top of dirty dishes.