The Vietnamese use rice bowls and chopsticks for the majority of meals. Eating from a rice bowl that is on the table is considered lazy. Rice bowls are held in ones hand. Food is placed on dishes in the center of the table from which each person helps themselves. However, people older than oneself and their children are served first. Often, beverages are not served until after the meal. Mats are traditionally used as bed, couch and dining table.