NEWPORT BEACH — Sit up straight. Use eye contact. Repeat the girl's name often. Pull out her chair.
And, please, use the utensils from the outside in, guest speaker Janet Terrell instructed.
Terrell spoke to about two dozen 16- and 17-year-old high school boys — dressed up in blue and black suits, dress shoes and ties — as they listened about how to behave at Sunday night's dinner party.
"Nobody is born knowing these skills," she said. "We have to learn them, and then we have to practice them."
Terrell, a former beauty queen, gave a crash course in basic dining etiquette to the junior class of the Newport-Mesa chapter of the Beach City Service League, a philanthropic organization for high-school boys and their mothers to spend time together to better the community.
The boys invited their peers in the National Charity League, a similar philanthropic organization for high-school girls and their mothers, to attend the dinner so they could also practice their social etiquette.