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1. The host is seated at the “head of the table.”
2. Co-hosts are seated directly opposite, at the other end of the table
3. The person of honour is seated to the right of the host
4. The second most important person is seated to the right of the co-host
5. The third most important person is seated to the left of the host and 
6. The fourth most important person is seated to the left of the co-host.
7. Others are filtered throughout the table.
When planning seating for any special event, please consider appropriate sitting and seating at the dining table:
Couples, unless newly married or engaged, should be separated.  
The idea:  spread the wealth!
Remember to follow the lead of your host.  Wait for them to initiate and then you follow.  This includes:
  • seating - (enter/exit the chair’s right hand side) – gentlemen help ladies on their left be seated.  Yes, gentlemen – please remember to stand when ladies excuse and return to the table – the “half-seat” will do.  
  • Napkins - remove the napkin from the table to your lap (pick up by opened corners and unfold only once on your lap)
  • picking up their glass for a toast (there are two types)
  • grasping utensils to begin each course
  • it is the responsibility of diners to speak with diners on either side
  • Cut only one to two small pieces at a time, in order to be ready to converse, the reason we are assembled
  • Remember to pace yourself, not be the first or last to finish eating.
  • Grace is always said first, before any toast.  
And, if someone, other than the host, will be saying grace, 
one should always be asked in advance 
in order to have sufficient time to prepare 
something appropriate to say.