Your Russian or Ukrainian sweetie’s family’s opinion of you carry great weight with her. If you are invited to her or her parents’ home for dinner, good manners go a long way toward making a good impression. A few of our top etiquette tips:
Bring a Gift
It is customary in both Russia and Ukraine to bring a gift for your hostess when you are invited to someone’s home. Flowers are a good choice; make sure that you bring an odd number of blooms, and that you avoid yellow flowers. Even numbers of flowers are for funerals, and yellow signifies romantic disinterest. Chocolates or a The gifts you bring don’t have to be extravagant; a simple token shows your appreciation of your host’s hospitality.
Particulars of Table Manners
Most elements of good table manners in Russia and Ukraine are the same as those at home: keep your elbows off the table but both hands in sight. There are, however, certain others that are unique to those countries.
For instance, it is polite to leave a small amount of food on your plate. This tells your host that their hospitality has been generous. Try a bit of every type of food that is offered. Instead of just thanking your hosts for food, (sincerely!) tell them how much you enjoyed the meal.
When you toast at a Russian or Ukrainian gathering, you do not clink your glasses together. If you pour a glass, only fill it two-thirds full. Do not refill your own glass at the table; allow your host to do so. If you have a medical condition that precludes consumption of alcohol, share this with your host; otherwise, they may feel snubbed by your refusal of a drink.
Displaying your best manners is a way to show respect for your bride and her friends and family. When you take the time to brush up on the particulars of Ukrainian and Russian table etiquette, you show that you care.