Friday, July 15, 2011

Napkin use on British dinner tables in decline: Indicates family dinners are also on decline

The napkin, once a staple of the British dinner table, is being replaced by kitchen roll as evening meals become a more informal affair, a survey has found.

Nearly half of Britons now prefer a casual meal with friends or a barbecue to a traditional three course dinner party, with just 15% of people laying the table with napkins.

A quarter of people spend less than 15 minutes in the kitchen when entertaining their friends, while half of those surveyed admitted to passing off shop bought dessert as their own.

The tradition of gathering round the table as a family also appears to be disappearing, with less than half saying they eat together, with most preferring to have their meal in front of the TV instead. (more)