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How to Excuse Yourself from the Dinner Table

Learn how to excuse yourself from the dinner table from manners expert Faye de Muyshondt in this Howcast video.


Hi, I'm Faye de Muyshondt with social sklz, here to share with you how to excuse yourself from dinner. You might have a few different reasons for needing to excuse yourself.

Probably the top one is needing to excuse yourself to use the restroom. As you excuse yourself, all you need to say is, "Excuse me, while I use the restroom." I like to give a little bit of information as to what I'm up to, or I always suggest telling someone what you're doing otherwise, it could seem like there's an emergency. As you get up from the table, be sure to take your napkin and put it into your chair as you leave. And as you leave the table, be sure to push it, chair in. So we all have our mobile devices with us at the dinner table these days, and I suggest that they never belong on the table.

If you feel your phone vibrating and you know that you need to take a call, chances are that the person adjacent from you is going to know that you have to take a call. So I suggest that you excuse your self from the table and say that you just need to take a quick call and offer your apologies for the interruption. If you're in a group setting during a meal, you don't need to announce to the entire table that you are excusing yourself for the restroom. But, what I do suggest is a that you turn to the left of you and turn to the right of you and just say, "Excuse me", to both of those people. Now when you excuse yourself, make sure you're not doing it right about the time when the dinner tab is about to come, it's going to make it look like you're avoiding the tab.

So, make sure that you leave for the table or you excuse yourself at a time, that's more opportune. So, that's how to excuse yourself from the dinner table.

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