This page is for the beginning Etiquette student, or those with basic questions. This will answer the who´s, what´s and why´s of etiquette.
A Thank You Card in the Digital Age
A handwritten thank you note is never unnecessary
You are running late and you know it. Here’s what to do. And if you are at all considerate here’s what not to do.
Basic Table Manners
The need for basic table manners becomes obvious when dining out. When you don't observe them, the whole restaurant might notice
Basic Table Setting
Setting the table is both practical and easy. It’s a task children can learn (and love) at an early age
Book Review Manners by Kate Spade
Kate Spade offers a book titled "Manners"
Book Review Occasions by Kate Spade
Accessory designer Kate Spade offers up her opinions on various occasions and how to be the literal hostess with the utmost class.
Just because New Year's Eve is over doesn't mean you need to stop celebrating
Consideration for Others
When swearing in a public place, remember it’s not your space. It’s ours.
Different Thank You Cards for Different Gifts
Just as there are different kinds of gifts and a variety of occasions a gift may be sent, there are an assortment of thank you notes as well.
Don't Bring Pickles to a Potluck
Labor Day and Potlucks go hand in hand. When the invitation requests, make sure your hands arrive with the proper covered dish and something to drink.
Easy Table Etiquette
Bread plate & water glass…Whose is whose?
Food Samples at Costco
We know you like free samples, everyone does. But really, are you THAT hungry?
You have resolved to get organized - how are you doing?
There are so many ways you can give to others as an individual, a family and a community. Take a little time to consider what you can do for others.
House Prep For Entertaining
Throwing a party or having friends over is easy. Just a little prep and you´ll be ready for anything.
Kate Spade's Book Manners
Kate Spade offers a book titled "Manners"
Kindness, Clarity and Insight
Always use kindness, clarity and insight in large measure. Reap the benefits of doling out these positive, Karma-inducing traits right now.
We are all faced with the task of standing in line at one time or another. When you are waiting to get to your destination, consideration for those around you will deliver the best results
Lose Weight with Manners
There are many befefits to being polite and minding your manners. One big benefit is a smaller waistline.
Men's Sport Socks
Match the sock to the shoe or the pant? Here's your easy answer.
Modern Etiquette Origins [offsite link]
This site provides a bried historical account of etiquette along with a few guidelines used in the Victorian Era. Although these rules originated in the Victorian era, many of them apply basic etiquette dictates.
Planning a Funeral or Memorial Service
The loss of someone close to you is difficult to deal with. Here is a quick run-down on how to honor this person respectfully.
“Are you pregnant?” Ohhh Girlfriend, is that really the right question to be asking?
Proper Interview Etiquette
When considering how much of your personal flair you should bring to an interview, consider if the job or your personal style is more important
Punctuality and Follow Through
When did fashionably late become the no-show?
Say Hello to People in Your Neighborhood
People you pass on the street are part of your community. What’s keeping you from saying a polite "hello" to all of them?
The Importance of a Smile and a Hi
Catherine Blyth's book, "The Art of Conversation" puts small talk in perspective
A Smile is Universal for "Hello" and So Much More
Everyone could use a little tea time in their lives
The Basis of Etiquette [offsite link]
This site gives summarizes why etiquette is, and always has been, important. Given from a historical context, you come away with a better appreciation.
The Holidays and Being a Good Houseguest
If you are indeed someone who is forever invited to stay with others it's most likely because your host enjoys you. Odds are you already know how to ingratiate yourself by truly being respectful and considerate of your host.
The Rotten Series
Most of my articles give recommendations of what to do in order to be a good house guest, dinner guest, hostess, etc. Here is a series of what NOT to do.
The Tea Party
There's no such thing as a snobby tea party
Throwing a Party
What works and what doesn´t
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