Table etiquette. For what napkins are necessary?there Passed not a lot of time since the table etiquette from the privilege of the upper class became property of broad masses. We with enthusiasm address traditional dishes, we try the best recipes of world kitchen and we pay tribute to the corresponding atmosphere and worthy furniture of a table including to a decor from napkins - as to expression of special culture of a feast.
There passed not a lot of time since the table etiquette from the privilege of the upper class became property of broad masses. France, whose culture of a feast, despite possible disappointments of modern tourists, still uses deserved glory, was always a legislator of fashion in this area. But also other countries did not lag behind.
In Germany the era of Biedermeier style in the first half of the 19th century promoted understanding of a charm of homeliness and the address of a look on furniture of a table. There was a round table with traditional collecting society around it. Behind it paid to tribute both art of cookery, and spiritual communication in the form of conversation. Fine bouquets in vases and on special supports decorated a table. Flower compositions pleased attendees. The bouquet popular still in Biedermeier style reminds us of those times when the careful furniture of a table was highly appreciated.
The further course of history, unfortunately, did not promote preservation of traditions of the respectable burghers. Times changed, also the way of life changed that, naturally, was reflected also in culture of a feast. But, nevertheless, thirst for pleasant pastime at a round table is ineradicable. We with enthusiasm address again traditional dishes, we try the best recipes of world kitchen and we pay tribute to the corresponding atmosphere and worthy furniture of a table including to a decor from napkins - as to expression of special culture of a feast.
About use of napkins
So where there has to be a napkin during food and how to use it?
When guests will seat at a table, they begin to talk, and will be very opportunely if offer them aperitif. When wine is tested and actually festive meal, each beret the napkin begins and puts it, having straightened, on knees. You should not “stop up“ a napkin for a collar, for a tie or for a decollete. In - the first, it will spoil appearance of elegantly dressed guests, and in - the second, the impression will be made that you are not able to eat accurately. From time to time it is taken to wipe lips. First of all, before undertaking a glass not to leave on it marks.
Making out napkins, we inevitably touch them by hands. And there will always be the one who will tell: “Putting napkins, you leave on them microbes. It is hazardous to health“. Of course, the question of hygiene when folding napkins can arise because, having taken a napkin hands, we, theoretically, can leave on it microbes. But as in Europe pay much attention to hygiene, here it is necessary causative agents of diseases hardly. Many infectious diseases which raged in the past extended mainly from - for untidiness. Now they are almost won.
Imagine - microbes are everywhere: in air, on a handrail of ladders, in the bus and in shop. Naturally, care will not damage. And before work with napkins it is necessary to wash up hands, and to take napkins only finger-tips, but not all palm. Most often we concern a napkin only when bending, and that for a while. As we know, napkins serve in the basic for protection of clothes from spots, and the question of hygiene fades into the background. And if this question is so important for someone, then it is possible to advise to work in disposable gloves as it practices when cooking in big restaurants.
Decorative napkins serve for decoration of a table or buffet and are not used directly. If you connect napkins for lips to additional accessories, such as silver rings for napkins or flower jewelry then all should be provided in advance: for example, some people do not accept contact of flowers with napkins, flower pollen causes an allergy in others. Today it should be considered. And the best exit here - to arrange flowers so that they did not touch table napkins. There are enough ways of use of various jewelry of a table at simultaneous observance of rules of hygiene.
Folding of napkins
As a matter of fact, expression “to put napkins“ not absolutely exact. It would be more correct to tell “to bend napkins“. Let`s take, for example, a cloth which was stored in a case, we will straighten it and we will see these excesses. They are quite pertinent on a table, and it is not obligatory to iron a cloth. But if you from these napkins often put original figures, then it is not recommended to bend napkins at storage. Though they will also figure prominently at the same time in a case, it is better to put other things to release space.
There is a set of figures in which the excess is already put. Especially it is suitable for tissues as they are always put four times. For many figures two napkins, identical by the size, are required. It is possible to take napkins of one color - it will emphasize figure volume. If to take two napkins of the different, but combined flowers, the composition will look it more effective. When folding pay attention to that excesses of napkins coincided.
Even the most fine and insignificant details will help you to change any table. And, how many beautiful and original it is possible to make of simple napkins, not to count!