Monday, January 14, 2013

Table Manners and Dinner Etiquette

Ellie Bellie Bear here.  I am writing to teach you all about how to properly eat at a table full of lovely people and elicit grins and happy smiles all around.

How can you not smile at this lovely yogurt face?
Yes, that is my hair band around her neck.  

My mommy says that we I have come a long long way on the self-feeding.  I don't know what she is talking about.  I was totally giving myself a facial in the following pictures  I was promised that yogurt and oatmeal are both great for exfoliation and moisturizing.  I look lovely!

I Feel Pretty. Oh So Pretty!  Look Ma!  No eczema!

Soon after the above self-feeding experiment, Mommy came home with different spoons.  Short stubby little spoons with deep buckets and chunky handles.  I was a little leery at first until I realized I could fit way more into my mouth without the precious food falling onto the floor.  However, they are not as good for catapulting food across the room.  To get that glorious splatter effect, you have to throw the actual eating utensil.  In this household, when that happens, Mommy says "time out" and moves my chair into the middle of the room.  Screaming is an excellent way to let people know you are displeased.  Although Mommy cringes.  I see it in her face as she tries to secretly ignore me.  So I scream louder.  I am very good at screaming.

Mealtime is all about relaxation and enjoying the culinary experience.  Kicking your feet up so-to-speak.  This is me being very ladylike.  Admire my beautiful feet.

Yoga anyone?

Sometimes it gets a little dull at the dinner table while waiting for the food to arrive so it is important to self-entertain.  Like so. . . ooh, there is my Buh-bo-bah!  Think of this as practicing your self-help skills.

Belly Belly Button You're Oh So Fine!  Ooh, Belly Button I'm So Happy Your Mine
-Sandra Boyton, Happy Hippos

Finally, it is polite to let the cook know that you really enjoyed the food.  I recommend scraping the bowl clean and then flipping it over to make sure you did not miss any morsels of yumminess.

If the food is especially tasty, it is common courtesy to share your food because sharing is nice.

Share. Thank. Please.

Oh and do not drink to much.

This photo was taken at Andrew's company picnic this past summer.   I cannot help but laugh.  She looks like a drunk toddler, but I promise she only had water!

The Bear is ready for fine dining.  Take me to Fogo de Chao please!



  1. The second picture captions 'Yoga anyone?' is my bear cub's preferred sitting position at the dinner table and she is constantly contorting her body around whatever belt or chair piece that is in her way to achieve it.

  2. Thank you for such enlightenment today, Ellie. I think Cora may be following in your footsteps. I'll have to see how she likes some cool spoons like yours.

  3. Levi can't wait to take you on a fancy date & follow your fine dining advice!

  4. I just started reading this blog tonight - I think I'm going to get less sleep than planned - I love it!
    My son is turning 3 in a couple weeks (EEEK!) and has mild Autism (though it doesn't seem so mild some days). He is not a big messy self-feeder (partly b/c he often avoids feeding himself. But when he's ornery, he clearly thinks it's amusing to play with his utensils, splattering fruit puree while looking at me, challenging me. He is also big on putting his feet up - he likes to do that during therapy sessions too - oh, you want me to do that puzzle - my feet have something else in mind. Throwing his messy utensils when he doesn't want that food & you've asked him to try it just one too many times is also a frequent activity. So is nonchalantly throwing his sippy cups when he's done drinking.
    We also have that same exact orange & blue snack bowl. Amazing, I know.


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