In summertime, messy foods make and entrance and manners go out the back door and into the yard
Etiquette leaves little confusion when there is an indoor setting - or "sitting." If you have rows of knives, forks, and spoons, you simply work your way inward with each course. No fingers touch the food and the napkin is used genteelly to dab away any stray drips. That's not to say we don't mess up on occasion but, for the most part, it's pretty straightforward.
Summertime, however, brings up situations where messy foods such as juicy peaches, sauced ribs, and corn on the cob bring on a different set of rules - it all suddenly becomes finger food, with the same amount of drips and dangers - without the aid of the hordes of utensils.
The proper host will, of course, provide plenty of napkins and extra silverware (count on plastic, of course) for those who choose not to dive in with both hands. However, part of the fun of an outdoor event is living a little loose with the rules, while not stepping outside the boundaries of complete impropriety.
Corn on the Cob
If you're hit with surprise foods that are unfamiliar, just wait until the host or hostess takes a bite to see how it's done. After all, that is sometimes the key to a great party - introducing a "new" food into the mix.
Otherwise, if it's
firm and crisp (yes, even asparagus stalks) and there are no utensils
in sight, just grab a napkin and enjoy.
2005-2006 C.K. Kennedy
Pittsburg, TX 75686
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