Practicalities

The path of the party consists of starter, main course and dessert (ther service also includes drinks), speeches, songs and program numbers. There will also be breaks that pace the evening.  During dinner, there are one or two breaks, or conferences during which you can powder your nose or socialize with people sitting at another table. At other times, it is a polite to avoid extra movement in the ball during the party,  but if necessary, you can leave your place for a moment, other than during a break, silently without disturbing other guests when there is no speech, song or program number.   

During songs, speeches and other program numbers, it is polite to sit quietly and take a break from eating and drinking.  

Enjoying a cold appetizers will not start until after the appetizer has arrived across the table. Warm food can be started when the nearest table company have received their portion. It is not appropriate to get off the table until the warm food has been enjoyed. The dessert is started again at the same time. Wine is served with food and avec with coffee. Of course the setting includes glasses for schnapps. Note that at annual parties, the amount of servings are limited, usually one or two.   

During an avec served with coffee, more experienced anniversary guests fold their so-called cognac ears (konjakkikorvat) to decorate their heads. You may want to do a little detective work beforehand, or ask for advice when the time is right! 

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After finishing singing a song, toasts are raised. While toasting (skool), it is important to make eye contact. Toasting begins from your plus one, moving to the person sitting next to you on other the other side and finally to the person sitting opposite. (Men toast first to the right, then to the left, and finally  to the person sitting opposite Women again start toasting to the left, then to the right and finally to the person sitting opposite.) The glasses should not touch and empty glasses are not lifted.

After the dances, the festivities will continue in the spirit of the after party at Kasarmiklubi. 

The after party is, of course, a more informal occasion than dinner, so there is no actual etiquette. While for the after party the tie can be hidden in the chest pocket and the caps thrown in the corner, it is worth remembering the polite and dignified behavior, taking care of the comfort of other partygoers, but especially your plus one, and rejoicing in being together.