Thursday, December 29, 2011

Host/Hostess Etiquette Tips

This is the week for dinner parties - be prepared with simple hosting tips.
For the host/hostess:
·       Warmly welcome each guest at the door—the welcome sets the tone for the entire night. Also remember to walk each guest to the front door to say farewell at the end of the night . Very important!
·      Make proper introductions. Prepare in advance - know how to create common ground between guests. 
·      The host and hostess sit on opposite ends of the table, or across from each other at a round table.
·       Seat the guest of honor (should you have one) to sit to your right. 
·      Take into consideration each guest’s personality so the conversations will flow. In other words, do not seat two introverts side by side, and you should not put two drama queens together.
·      Also, remember to seat your guests male/female and to seat couples apart.
·      Place cards are appropriate so your guest knows where to sit, or verbally tell each guest their designated seat.
·      The host/hostess should remember not to open hostess gifts in the presence of company (also, you are not required to send a thank-you note for this gift)

Happy Hosting!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas to You

May your Christmas be Merry and Bright and above all POLITE! 

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Dinner Party Etiquette

Socially Savvy Tips: What you must remember when you are invited to a Christmas or holiday dinner party?
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For the invited guest:    
BE ON TIME! It is a huge faux pas to be late for a dinner party; however, if you have an emergency, call immediately to let the host/hostess know you will be late.

Bring a host/hostess gift. (Do not bring flowers unless they are in a vase.) This is a small token of appreciation for the time and effort of hosting the party.

 Everyone—turn your cell phone on manner mode. 

Do not start to eat until everyone has been served and your host or hostess
picks up his or her first utensil.

Do not dominate the conversation(s) at the dining table. Allow others to talk, too! 

Make it a point to talk to the person on each side of you for the same amount of time.

Compliment the host/hostess on the food. (Don’t go overboard—your compliments will
sound insincere!)

Pace yourself—never eat faster or slower than everyone else.

 Never eat and run; stay to visit after the meal.

 Remember, if you must drink—know your limit on alcohol and do not go over it.

Write a thank-you note to the host/hostess immediately afterwards.

Perhaps you are the hostess -  your tips are up next! 
Merry Christmas! xoJoy

Monday, December 5, 2011

Sign up today! 
Come have lunch this Wednesday at The Tower Club from 11:45am to 12:45pm. Meet new friends and get your Christmas polish on. 
See you there!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Stay Calm & Sparkle On!

Tonight's the night to get your Sparkle On! A night of friends and fun to kick off the Christmas party season. Join me at Prestonwood Dallas at 6:45pm (no reservation needed) and we will bask in the fabulousness of delicious holiday recipes, Christmas traditions, and polish up on Socially Savvy tips so we can ...
Stay Calm & SPARKLE ON!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thankful for YOU!

Happy Thanksgiving to all my blog friends. I am very THANKFUL for you!
Today was a wonderful day spent with family and friends. And guess what ... we get to have two more Thanksgiving celebrations Friday and Saturday. For all of you who will continue your Thanksgiving celebrations through-out the weekend. Here's a message for you ....


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Thanksgiving Manners

When Americans were asked: What is your most favorite holiday? By far Thanksgiving ranked first. 
For the most part, it is so popular because there is no gift giving, just visiting and eating!

Although excellent manners should be a part of our everyday habits, the holiday season calls for more advanced awareness of civility. The basics are essential and quite frankly expected especially at Thanksgiving dinner! 

  • Arrive at Thanksgiving dinner on time. (how embarrassing to interrupt the meal)
  • Never bring a guest that is not expected. (what a shocker!)
  • Take a well thought out hostess gift. (do not show up empty handed)
  • Don’t switch out place sitting cards. (set where the host puts your name-it's there for a reason.
  • Never start eating before the host/hostess. (pick up your first utensil only after he/she does)
  • BMW is not your car - it is an acronym for Bread, (on left) Meal, (in middle) Water (on the right)
  • And remember ALWAYS pass to the right. (and the salt & pepper always stay together, no matter what!)
Yes, these are just a few of the basics ... but what about the manners that nobody dares to discuss.
 Remember - It is Thanksgiving! Put away the Blackberry’s, i-Phones and all text toys just for this one day, and especially during the Thanksgiving meal. Nothing says, "I don't care” more than ignoring the people sitting right in front of you.

There was a time when families spent this one day of the year visiting and catching up on details of each other’s lives. Unfortunately, retailers have enticed the early bird Christmas shopper by opening stores on Thanksgiving afternoon in order to make an extra buck. Whatever happened to pumpkin pie and football games? As a reminder, the malls will stay open late during the holiday season. Do not fall into the pressure of a retailer persuading you that Thanksgiving Day is the only time they will offer their really big sale.

In a nation where the divorce rate is over 50%, remember to refrain from bringing up past wives, husbands, relationships, weddings, funerals, experiences and occurrences that will only promote friction. Think before you speak, your next conversation could be a land mine waiting to explode. You certainly do not want to be the culprit of a dreadful Thanksgiving Day disagreement that goes down in the family album as a bad memory.

More manners tomorrow to prepare you for your big Thanksgiving weekend ahead!


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Party Etiquette Tip

Are you invited to a party?
A guest's duty: Mix, mingle & make dazzling conversation - 
not about yourself.
Photo: we heart it

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Engagement Party Etiquette

Going to an engagement party? This is NOT an occasion to take a gift to the couple.
It is not a shower.
The party is given by the family to announce the engagement.

  • However, if the party is being held in a home - don't forget to take a host/hostess gift with a card enclosed.
  • And please do not forget to write a thank-you note after the party to thank the host/hostess for including you in the celebration.


Thursday, November 10, 2011

Kathy Ireland

Celebrating Life Luncheon
Today was a very special day in Dallas. Kathy Ireland was here specifically to speak to The Council for Life. She has a fantastic Life Affirming message everyone needs to hear. 
We found out very quickly that Kathy is not just beautiful on the outside, but her heart is even more beautiful. Those of us at Table 8 had the best seat in the entire ballroom - thanks to our dear friend Amy. (Many of us get to do lots of extra fun things because of Amy)  Thank you Amy and Thank you Kathy!

Kathy & me. I'm not really that short (am I?) & she is ... really that tall. 

Monday, November 7, 2011

It’s that time of year to set a date for your upcoming Thanksgiving, Christmas party, or holiday event & send out a hold-the-date card or email.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Preparing for the week ahead? 
Remember: Keep your priorities in order!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Partner's Card

If you live in Dallas/Fort Worth you very well know this has been Partner's Card Week. I have been hitting the shops along with every other person in DFW saving at least 20% on everything. All the proceeds go to The Family Place. It ends tomorrow so I will have much to report. Until then ... All my best, xoJoy

Monday, October 31, 2011

Wishing each of you a faBOOlous Halloween!

Monday, October 24, 2011


Do you love Paris? Yes, I knew you did!
I'm dreaming of carmel with salted butter macaroons and tea at Laduree.

So what is your favorite flavor macaroon?
Another thing that makes me happy - their website. 
Oh! When the gift opens let your heart flutter - enjoy!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Burnt Orange Eiffel Tower

A Burnt Orange Eiffel Tower by the light of the Paris moon!
If you happen to live with a Texas Longhorn fan, you know the obsession that comes along with the territory. It's all about burnt-orange! 

The funniest thing happened when we were just in Paris on a river boat cruise on the Seine River. Our boat took us right up to the bank to get a good look at the Eiffel Tower. The moment we were even with it - it turned BURNT ORANGE and started to blink. According to my dear Longhorn crazed husband, this was done all for him - only The Lord above could have arranged this happening and it was just for him!

I went along with the entire concept and agreed that The Lord loves JHW so much that He arranged the burnt orange Eiffel Tower all for him, but I also suggested we need to keep praying for the Longhorns, because their current football team is pitiful needs Divine help.
Renamed The Longhorn Tower (of course!)

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The French Will Never Forget

An Emotional Reminder
We were in Paris over 9/11 last month. Much to our surprise, two mock-up structures were built by the Persians in front of the Eiffel Tower in commemoration of the 10th Anniversary. The tear flowed as our bus stopped right in front. People from everywhere cheered to honor 9/11/2001, and the French commemoration to it. Thank you France!
It was an emotional reminder that the entire world was effected by this horrific tragedy.

Photograph from 9/11/11
September 11, 2001 - The French Will Never Forget

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

iSad - RIP Steve Jobs

The brilliant Steve Jobs passed away today. It is a great reminder that life is fleeting and no matter how smart or rich we are, we must be prepared.

"Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything--all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure--these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important." - Steve Jobs

10 Golden Lessons From Steve Jobs

“I think we’re having fun. I think our customers really like our products. And we’re always trying to do better.”
- Steve Jobs
His accomplishments and character helped define a generation and change the world. He is co-founder of the fairytale company we now know as Apple Computers. And he is the visionary of the personal computers world that led the entire computer hardware and software industry to restructure itself.
This man with boundless energy and charisma is also a master of hype, hyperbole and the catchy phrase. And even when he’s trying to talk normally, brilliant verbiage comes tumbling out.
Here’s a selection of some of the most insanely great things he said, golden lessons to help you succeed in life, Jobs-style:
1. Steve Jobs said: “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”
Innovation has no limits. The only limit is your imagination. It’s time for you to begin thinking out of the box. If you are involved in a growing industry, think of ways to become more efficient; more customer friendly; and easier to do business with. If you are involved in a shrinking industry – get out of it quick and change before you become obsolete; out of work; or out of business. And remember that procrastination is not an option here. Start innovating now!
2. Steve Jobs said: “Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.”
There is no shortcut to excellence. You will have to make the commitment to make excellence your priority. Use your talents, abilities, and skills in the best way possible and get ahead of others by giving that little extra. Live by a higher standard and pay attention to the details that really do make the difference. Excellence is not difficult – simply decide right now to give it your best shot – and you will be amazed with what life gives you back.
3. Steve Jobs said: “The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”
I’ve got it down to four words: “Do what you love.” Seek out an occupation that gives you a sense of meaning, direction and satisfaction in life. Having a sense of purpose and striving towards goals gives life meaning, direction and satisfaction. It not only contributes to health and longevity, but also makes you feel better in difficult times. Do you jump out of bed on Monday mornings and look forward to the work week? If the answer is ‘no’ keep looking, you’ll know when you find it.
4. Steve Jobs said: “You know, we don’t grow most of the food we eat. We wear clothes other people make. We speak a language that other people developed. We use a mathematics that other people evolved… I mean, we’re constantly taking things. It’s a wonderful, ecstatic feeling to create something that puts it back in the pool of human experience and knowledge.”
Live in a way that is ethically responsible. Try to make a difference in this world and contribute to the higher good. You’ll find it gives more meaning to your life and it’s a great antidote to boredom. There is always so much to be done. And talk to others about what you are doing. Don’t preach or be self-righteous, or fanatical about it, that just puts people off, but at the same time, don’t be shy about setting an example, and use opportunities that arise to let others know what you are doing.
5. Steve Jobs said: “ ‘Beginner’s mind.’ It’s wonderful to have a beginner’s mind.”
It is the kind of mind that can see things as they are, which step by step and in a flash can realize the original nature of everything. Beginner’s mind is the mind that is innocent of preconceptions and expectations, judgments and prejudices. Think of beginner’s mind as the mind that faces life like a small child, full of curiosity and wonder and amazement.
6. Steve Jobs said: “We think basically you watch television to turn your brain off, and you work on your computer when you want to turn your brain on.”
Reams of academic studies over the decades have amply confirmed television’s pernicious mental and moral influences. And most TV watchers know that their habit is mind-numbing and wasteful, but still spend most of their time in front of that box. So turn your TV off and save some brain cells. But be cautious, you can turn your brain off by using a computer also. Try and have an intelligent conversation with someone who plays first person shooters for 8 hours a day. Or auto race games, or role-playing games.
7. Steve Jobs said: “I’m the only person I know that’s lost a quarter of a billion dollars in one year…. It’s very character-building.”
Don’t equate making mistakes with being a mistake. There is no such thing as a successful person who has not failed or made mistakes, there are successful people who made mistakes and changed their lives or performance in response to them, and so got it right the next time. They viewed mistakes as warnings rather than signs of hopeless inadequacy. Never making a mistake means never living life to the full.
8. Steve Jobs said: “I would trade all of my technology for an afternoon with Socrates.”
Over the last decade, numerous books featuring lessons from historical figures have appeared on the shelves of bookstores around the world. And Socrates stands with Leonardo da Vinci, Nicholas Copernicus, Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein as a beacon of inspiration for independent thinkers. But he came first. Cicero said of Socrates that, “He called philosophy down from the skies and into the lives of men.” So use Socrates’ principles in your life, your work, your learning, and your relationships. It’s not about Socrates, it’s really about you, and how you can bring more truth, beauty and goodness into your life everyday.
9. Steve Jobs said: “We’re here to put a dent in the universe. Otherwise why else even be here?”
Did you know that you have big things to accomplish in life? And did you know that those big things are getting rather dusty while you pour yourself another cup of coffee, and decide to mull things over rather than do them? We were all born with a gift to give in life, one which informs all of our desires, interests, passions and curiosities. This gift is, in fact, our purpose. And you don’t need permission to decide your own purpose. No boss, teacher, parent, priest or other authority can decide this for you. Just find that unique purpose.
10. Steve Jobs said: “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
Are you tired of living someone else’s dream? No doubt, its your life and you have every right to spend it in your own individual way without any hurdles or barriers from others. Give yourself a chance to nurture your creative qualities in a fear-free and pressure-free climate. Live a life that YOU choose and be your own boss.
Each lesson might be difficult to integrate into your life at first, but if you ease your way into each lesson, one at a time, you’ll notice an immediate improvement in your overall performance. So go ahead, give them a try.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

My LV Birthday Cake

It was a biggie - the second anniversary of my 25th birthday. (add it up)
What a fun day! Katherine had a surprise birthday party lunch for me at the Ritz Carlton garden room. (The most beautiful room known to mankind) 12 fabulous friends attended and check out my cake ...
Surprise party planner extraordinaire and old(er) birthday girl.

Thank you to the best friend in the whole world for loving me enough to make me feel fabulous and special. Thank you to friends who surprised me and celebrated a 1/2 century of my life. You know who you are ... and so do I.

This is a wonderful quote on friendship:
I value the friend who for me finds time on his calendar, but I cherish the friend who for me does not consult his calendar.
Robert Brault 

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Two Weeks Until Paris

The countdown is officially on now - just two more weeks until we leave for Paris.
Any suggestions?

Friday, July 8, 2011

Double the Fun!

Just Saw A Double Rainbow.
As many of my followers know - we spend the summers in Colorado to avoid the Texas heat. I couldn't wait to show you the beauty outside my kitchen window.  Amazing! 
God's reminder and promise to us.

Got to see my first bear - from 100 yards away!
(thank goodness - he decides to go the other way)

I'll never get tired of seeing the beauty of God's creation on our morning hikes!
Rocky Mountain High ...

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Happy Flag Day!

Flag Etiquette

How do you know what you don't know? It is summertime and we will have the opportunity to fly Old Glory to show our patriotism. Here's how to do it correctly:

Fun Facts:
The flag should never be flown upside down only as a distress signal.
The flag should not be used as a drapery, or for covering a speakers desk, draping a platform, or for any decoration in general. Bunting of blue, white and red stripes is available for these purposes. The blue stripe of the bunting should be on the top.
The flag should never be used for any advertising purpose. It should not be embroidered, printed or otherwise impressed on such articles as cushions, handkerchiefs, napkins, boxes, or anything intended to be discarded after temporary use. Advertising signs should not be attached to the staff or halyard
The flag should not be used as part of a costume or athletic uniform, except that a flag patch may be used on the uniform of military personnel, fireman, policeman and members of patriotic organizations.
The flag should never have placed on it, or attached to it, any mark, insignia, letter, word, number, figure, or drawing of any kind.
The flag should never be used as a receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything.
When the flag is lowered, no part of it should touch the ground or any other object; it should be received by waiting hands and arms. To store the flag it should be folded neatly and ceremoniously.

The flag should be cleaned and mended when necessary. When a flag is so worn it is no longer fit to serve as a symbol of our country, it should be destroyed by burning in a dignified manner.
Note: Most A
merican Legion Posts regularly conduct a dignified flag burning ceremony, often on Flag Day, June 14th. Many Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout Troops, and Girl Scout Troops retire flags regularly as well. Contact your local American Legion Hall or Scout Troop to inquire about the availability of this service.

Displaying t
he Flag Outdoors
When the fl
ag is displayed from a staff projecting from a window, balcony, or a building, the union should be at the peak of the staff unless the flag is at half staff.

When it is displayed from the same flagpole with another flag - of a state, community, society or Scout unit - the flag of the United States must always be at the top except that the church pennant may be flown above the flag during church services for Navy personnel when conducted by a Naval chaplain on a ship at sea.

When the flag is displayed over a street, it should be hung vertically, with the union to the north or east. If the flag is suspended over a sidewalk, the flag's union should be farthest from the building.

When flown with flags of states, communities, or societies on separate flag poles which are of the same height and in a straight line, the flag of the United States is always placed in the position of honor - to its own right.
..The other flags may be smaller but none may be larger.
..No other flag ever should be placed above it.
..The flag of the United States is always the first flag raised and the last to be lowered.

When flown with the national banner of other countries, each flag must be displayed from a separate pole of the same height. Each flag should be the same size. They should be raised and lowered simultaneously. The flag of one nation may not be displayed above that of another nation.

and Lowering the Flag The flag should be raised briskly and lowered slowly and ceremoniously. Ordinarily it should be displayed only between sunrise and sunset. It should be illuminated if displayed at night.
The flag of the United States of America is saluted as it is hoisted and lowered. The salute is held until the flag is unsnapped from the halyard or through the last note of music, whichever is the longest.

ng the Flag Indoors
When on
display, the flag is accorded the place of honor, always positioned to its own right. Place it to the right of the speaker or staging area or sanctuary. Other flags should be to the left.

The flag of the United States of America should be at the center and at the highest point of the group when a number of flags of states, localities, or societies are grouped for display.

When one flag is used with the flag of the United States of America and the staffs are crossed, the flag of the United States is placed on its own right with its staff in front of the other flag.

When displaying the flag against a wall, vertically or horizontally, the flag's union (stars) should be at the top, to the flag's own right, and to the observer's left.

ing and Saluting the Flag
carried in a procession, the flag should be to the right of the marchers. When other flags are carried, the flag of the United States may be centered in front of the others or carried to their right. When the flag passes in a procession, or when it is hoisted or lowered, all should face the flag and salute.

The S
To s
alute, all persons come to attention. Those in uniform give the appropriate formal salute. Citizens not in uniform salute by placing their right hand over the heart and men with head cover should remove it and hold it to left shoulder, hand over the heart. Members of organizations in formation salute upon command of the person in charge.
The Pl
edge of Allegiance and National Anthem
The p
ledge of allegiance should be rendered by standing at attention, facing the flag, and saluting.
When the national anthem is played or sung, citizens should stand at attention and salute at the first note and hold the salute through the last note. The salute is directed to the flag, if displayed, otherwise to the music.

The Fl
ag in Mourning
To pl
ace the flag at half staff, hoist it to the peak for an instant and lower it to a position half way between the top and bottom of the staff. The flag is to be raised again to the peak for a moment before it is lowered. On Memorial Day the flag is displayed at half staff until noon and at full staff from noon to sunset.

The flag is to be flown at half staff in mourning for designated, principal government leaders and upon presidential or gubernatorial order.

When used to cover a casket, the flag should be placed with the union at the head and over the left shoulder. It should not be lowered into the grave.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Maverick Fan For Life

National Champions!
Many Dallasites loose interest and turn our backs when our teams are not winning. But the owner of the Maverick's Basketball Team, Mark Cuban started a saying, "Maverick's Fan For Life" meaning we - (The Mav's Nation) root for the Mav's through the good times and bad - forever. He sets the example by always being there cheering them on to the very end, every year, every game of the season.
Last night was our night! The Dallas Maverick's won the NBA Championship and did it with class - so proud and excited to be a MFFL.
Mark Cuban allowed Mr. & Mrs. Carter (founding owners) to accept the Championship trophy.

Friday, June 10, 2011

It's National Iced-Tea Day

Tea-Time Manners
It's National Ice-Tea Day!
While iced tea is common place for Texans and Southerner's, (especially sweet tea!) it is important to know how to navigate Tea-Time.
Remember - to call it by it's proper name - Iced Tea (not Ice Tea) Yes, their is a d on the end ...
Oh, and if you order at Starbuck :
Short is the smallest(8 oz) but you'll probably only get this size if you ask for it by name; anyone asking for a "small" will get a Tall, which is the smallest size for which the prices are actually on the menu. Only hot drinks can be served in the Short size. Tall is 12 oz. This is what you'll get if you ask for a "small" drink. Grande is 16 oz. This is the "medium"size.  Venti    20 oz. hot, 24 oz. cold. For some reason the iced Venti cups hold four more ounces; for this reason, Venti espresso drinks have an extra shot of espresso in them, and cost a few cents more than their hot equivalents. 
What about tea-party's? (no not THE Tea Party - no political statement are on the agenda today)
First we must know tea terminology – there are various types of teas parties:

Afternoon Tea is served in the U.S. typically between the afternoon hours of three o’clock and five o’clock. A variety of teas are served along with three distinct courses – first, finger sandwiches are eaten, scones are next, and finally the sweet treat of pastries. In addition, afternoon tea is sometimes called “low tea” because it is served at low tables placed beside armchairs.

 Afternoon tea has been around for many centuries, but became popular in the 1840’s by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, who suffered hunger pains during the long afternoons between lunch and the late evening meal. It became the “it “ thing to do and eventually turned into a social affair among the English aristocracy.

High Tea - remember the biggest faux pas is to refer to afternoon tea as “high tea.” (You will be looked down upon as a novice tea drinker) Often times the term “high tea” is misused by people who want tea-time to sound more refined. Note to self: “high tea” is a hearty, simple, sit-down meal that the Industrial Revolution workers of the 19th century originated. The workers came home in the late afternoon from the fields, factories, and mines starved after a long and hard day of work. Traditionally the high tea meal was served in the late afternoon. It was set-up family style with tea to drink and meat to eat, now known as a supper buffet.

Royal Tea is a choice of tea and a four-course menu of finger sandwiches, scones, sweets, desserts and a glass of champagne or sherry. The addition of the glass of champagne or sherry is the distinction of “royal tea.”

Light Tea is a lighter version of afternoon tea. The menu excludes the fingers sandwiches but includes scones, sweets, and of course a variety of teas.

 There are various ways to serve the food at a tea. A savvy host knows an easy and elegant way to present each course is on a tiered stand. The first course eaten is from the bottom tier and we work our way up.
·       The first tier (bottom) is reserved for the finger sandwiches.
·       The second tier (middle) holds the scones.
·       The third tier (top) is for the small pasties, tarts and other bite-size sweet desserts.

 There are several
“nevers” to remember:
·       Never fill your cup to the rim – it will only spill onto the saucer creating a dilemma.
·       Never stir so others can hear it.  Do not allow the teaspoon to touch the sides of the cup. Quietly stir in a little figure-eight motion and place the spoon on the front-side of your cup.
·       Never cradle the cup with your fingers.
·       Never swirl the tea around in the cup as if it were a wine glass.
·       Never-ever bounce the tea bag up and down in your cup to help the steeping process.
·       Never drain a tea bag by winding the string around a spoon.
·       Never place your empty cup, saucer and plate back on the tea table when you leave. The tea table is the display for the tea and food and should remain beautiful through the tea time.

 There are also several “always” we should adhere to at tea-time:
·       Always keep your tea cup and saucer close together, do not separate more than 12 inches apart. For example: if you are sitting on a sofa and lean back – pick up your saucer too, or if your stand up, do not leave the saucer sitting on the table.
·       Always hold your saucer (with the teacup) in the palm of your hand at waist level and sip. (a silent sip!)
·       Always request the tea bag be placed in the teapot first and the hot water added.
·       Always pour tea in your cup first in order to judge the strength before adding lemon, sugar or milk.
·       Always use lemon slices in your cup, instead of wedges.
·       The handle of the spoon and the handle of the cup point to 4 o’clock.
·       Always take your spoon out of your cup after stirring, then place your spoon in front of your cup
·       Always request a saucer to hold the used tea bag, sugar wrappers or any disposables used.
·       Always write your host a thank-you note after the tea party.

  Hosting a tea in your home is a special way to entertain friends or even hold a business meeting. There is much to know about “tea-time” and this information will prepare you in advance and provide you the confidence needed to navigate the tea table.

Oh yes, and remember one more thing ... Do not raise your pinky finger up when holding a tea cup. It will guarantee you a place in the tea drinkers “hall of shame!”

Happy Weekend my friends - take time to smell the roses, hug your family, and drink iced tea.