Some people have different shaped spoons for soup and pudding, but cutlery design is not standard. Do not rest your hands or elbows on the table. Also the “Do NOT put your napkin on your chair” is partially incorrect.
Happy Royal Wedding Watching, everyone. Accidentally, of course. Theadora – I hate to tell you this because it will kind of shatter your childhood, but your instructors were wrong. The fork should not be used as a scoop but held so that the points of the tines face, To eat dessert, break the dessert with the spoon, one bite at a time. Thanks for the information. If you are a guest, it is polite to wait until your host starts eating or indicates you should do so.
Oh! Spoon and Fork Always eat puddings with a spoon and fork (both should always be laid); the spoon should be a dessert spoon. I guess it all depends on the waitstaff’s knowledge of such things. Though some foods may be easier to eat with your fingers, it's best to eat with utensils in formal settings. A peculiarly British rule: always apologise - even if whatever you're apologising for is not actually your fault, Brit 1: Sorry, are you in the queue? Use any spoons or ladles for sauces, rather than tipping from the gravy boat or jug.