It’s Sunday afternoon, and even though you can smell the chocolate chip cookies baking in the kitchen, you pray this will be your last open house. My husband and I spent a year looking at real estate, and we felt this way every Sunday. If you’re in the ... Read More »
It’s opera season, and the gloves are on, at least for opening night at the opera, the symphony, and other formal events. Here is what you need to know when wearing opera gloves (also known as evening gloves) for any occasion.
• Gloves should be kept ... Read More »
School has long been out, the heat is on, and it’s time for parties. From hosting a family barbecue to attending a summer celebration, mind your manners for optimum summer fun.
• How should I handle an unannounced guest or guests who ... Read More »
Some of the most important occasions in our life call for a toast. At weddings, birthdays, retirement parties, and other momentous occasions, a toast (a very short speech) is often expected. Some find this task daunting, but if you’re prepared, speaking in front of a group can even ... Read More »
A receiving line is the perfect opportunity for guests and hosts to meet one another at a large event. They are only essential for groups of fifty or more, when it’s otherwise impossible for the hosts to greet everyone individually. They range from the most formal (for a ... Read More »
The wedding rehearsal dinner is traditionally held the night before the wedding, just after the ceremony rehearsal. The dinner is a wonderful opportunity for people to get to know one another before the big day. ... Read More »
Birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, and yes, even funerals are milestones in our lives. With the tragic and untimely death of Chelsea King just last week, we are reminded of just how precious life is. Funerals provide closure, a necessary part of the mourning process. But ... Read More »
The definition of small talk includes both light conversation and idle banter. Small talk is what people say to one another to be social. It breaks the ice. By asking general questions and giving answers, people connect. Small talk is not in-depth conversation, but rather an exchange of ... Read More »