Category Archives: Social Etiquette

TV Off When Entertaining

Unless you’re having a party to specifically watch a sporting event, movie, or other show, the television should be turned off when entertaining guests.

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Do Not Wander When Dining Out

While on a date or dining with a group, do not leave your table to wander around the restaurant and visit with others. It’s acceptable to excuse yourself from the table to visit the restroom, but make it a direct … Continue reading

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The Importance of an RSVP

An RSVP is critical to the planning of a successful event.  It gives the host or hostess a number to work with when making arrangements for food, beverages, seating and more. If you fail to appropriately RSVP or uphold your … Continue reading

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Use A Coaster Under Your Drinking Glass

Drinking glasses have a tendency to sweat and can damage furniture by leaving a watermark in the shape of a ring on the furniture. Always place a coaster or cocktail napkin under your drinking glass before setting it down on … Continue reading

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When Flirting Crosses the Line

Webster’s Dictionary defines flirting as amorous behavior without serious intent.  If you find yourself engaging in playful conversation with serious intent, you need to know who you are having this conversation with and immediately stop it before crossing a line. … Continue reading

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Sharing the TV Remote Control

I have heard marriages and friendships have been broken because two people were unable to share the television remote control.  Here are a few tips to help avoid these broken relationships: 1) Do not change the channel without asking for … Continue reading

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Signing Childrens Names to Greeting Cards and Correspondence

It is an acceptable practice to sign the names of children on greeting cards and other informal forms of correspondence sent by a family. However, it is not appropriate to sign the names of adult or married children to any … Continue reading

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Someone double dipped. What should I do?

Dear Sandy, During a party I was hosting at my home, I was horrified to see one of my guests dip her chip back into the chip dip after taking a bite.  I didn’t know how to handle the situation, … Continue reading

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Example of a Condolence Note – Funeral Etiquette

One of the most difficult things to write is a condolence note.  However, it is one of the most appreciative things you can do for a family at a time of loss. A handwritten note is much better than a … Continue reading

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Helping a Lady with Her Coat – Dating Etiquette

A true gentleman will always help a lady with her coat. To help her put the coat on, stand behind the lady and hold the coat open at her waist level.  This allows the lady to reach her arms back … Continue reading

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