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

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