Category Archives: Etiquette

How to Host a Family Gathering

Gather the Family-It’s Dinner Time

How do we host family gatherings that our loved ones want to come back for?

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Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

“Good fences make good neighbors”

– Robert Frost

Think of all the places you have lived over the years. How many neighbors have you encountered in your lifetime? My family moved around quite a bit so we were witness to several kinds of neighbors. My kids have had the same neighbors their whole life. For some families, your neighbors become like your second family. Being a good neighbor is very important.

Being a good neighbor does not mean you have to be best friends. Sometimes that works -but it doesn’t have to. Being a good neighbor means living peacefully in a neighborhood, apartment building, or sharing a room with someone. So, are you a good neighbor?

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Table Manners for Business Meals

Does it Matter How I Eat?

“If your table manners are graceful, people’s perception of you will be very favorable.” – Letitia Baldridge

Many business deals are conducted over a meal. A prospective employer or client invites you to join them for a meal. How important is that meal? How important is my behavior at that meal? Many people would answer that how I eat and what I eat doesn’t really matter. I would argue that is does matter. Maybe not while dining at the golden arches but in a business interview; it can make the difference between that million dollar deal and a desk job.

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The Napkin: Setting a Proper Table

The Napkin: Setting a Proper Table

“An attractive table creates welcoming ambience”

Elizabeth Post

When setting a table sometimes the napkin can be the finishing touch that makes the over-all design of your table fabulous. You need napkins at every meal. My kids don’t seem to think so. They feel their clothing is perfectly capable of collecting the mess of their meal.

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Little Things Count

Little Things Count

I was recently teaching a manners class to third graders. The subject of the day was the etiquette of public places. We were covering escalators, elevators, revolving doors and simply who opens the door for whom. As a teacher you always wonder if any of the information you are teaching is sinking in. As it turns out little minds are like sponges. I was thrilled to find out they each had an opportunity to open the door for their mom. Each of those moms, when asked, had to think back over their weeks activities. They were shocked that they had not paid attention and caught the newly learned gesture! Sometimes the little things go unnoticed but without them our social experiences break down.

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Which is My Bread and Butter Plate?

Wedding Etiquette: Which is My Bread and Butter Plate?

Bread as a particular symbol and food in general, becomes, in its sharing the actual bond which unites us” – Margaret Visser

As the wedding season begins, Southworth Paper has beautiful templates to create wonderful wedding programs to keep guests informed. But when you sit down at a wedding reception, do you know which plate to use for your roll?

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5 Steps to a Great First Impression

5 Steps to a Great Introduction

We believe that eyes may be the doorway to the soul, but the hands are the doorway to a successful encounter. Robert E. Brown and Dorthea Johnson

Have you ever met someone, shook their hand and been disappointed? The limp rag shake or the death grip both leave you with an impression about that person. What reaction are you getting with your hand shake?
Today we will help everyone make a great impact with their hand shake. That first impression is so important –Let’s make it a great one.
There are 5 parts to an Introduction.

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Cordially Invited: Invitation Etiquette Basics

Cordially Invited: Invitation Etiquette Basics

As technology changes the basics of an invitation remain the same

This holiday season you rush to your mail box to see what holiday parties you and your family have been invited to. There is nothing better than a holiday get-together. We all love seeing how other people decorate during the holidays. A party is an opportunity to visit with friends you may not have seen recently or celebrate with your best friends that have supported you through the year! But this year you decide to host the party. How do you go about inviting people? The formula is easy and it really does not ever change.

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Do I have to write a Thank You note?

Do I have to write a Thank You note?

“Gratitude is the most exquisite form of courtesy” Unknown

Opening a birthday card from Grandma can be the best! Money dropping out of that card can be even better!

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How to Write a Love Letter

How to write a love letter

“What is the etiquette for writing a love letter?”

As an Etiquette Consultant, I get asked all sorts of odd questions, as people want to know the “right way” to do a wide variety of life’s activities. While this was not the typical “Which fork do I use?” type of question, it is a fun one to consider!

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