From the category archives:

Entertaining

Q: I am hosting a barbecue and would like guests to bring a beverage.  We will have some beverages so I don’t want guests to feel it is totally BYOB. I am unsure of how to appropriately address this. What should I say? A: Usually BYOB on an invitation indicates that guests are expected to bring […]

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Q: Regarding dress on a cruise, is it appropriate to point out to the maitre d’ someone who is not dressed according to the guidelines of the crusie ship? A: No, it is really not your business and you have to believe that the maitre d’ knows this and will deal with it in his […]

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Q: Someone uninvited has requested to attend a party that I am hosting. I was very careful in my choice of guest for this particular party. Can I politely decline the request? A: Sure. Just say you are sorry, but you are at your guest limit this time and while you are flattered that he/she […]

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Etiquette Daily’s “Greatest Hits” are questions that generated a great deal of conversation when they were originally posted. At the Emily Post Institute we have learned that some etiquette questions never go out of style and are bringing back a few of these popular conundrums for your further consideration. Enjoy! Q: I am throwing a […]

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Etiquette Daily’s “Greatest Hits” are questions that generated a great deal of conversation when they were originally posted. At the Emily Post Institute we have learned that some etiquette questions never go out of style and are bringing back a few of these popular conundrums for your further consideration. Enjoy! Q: We just recently purchased […]

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Q: What should I do if I’m invited to a birthday or anniversary party and the invitation says “no gifts”?  I feel awkward going to a party or sit-down dinner and not bringing something for the guest of honor.  Would a bottle of wine or champagne be appropriate? A: Invitations to celebrations often specify “No […]

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Q: I have had a guest in my house for five days now. Is it common to change guest towels mid-week or should you wait until weeks end? I have always waited until the weeks end to change bedding and towels when someone visits. However, now I am wondering if that is improper. My guest […]

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Q: How would you word an invitation to a 70th birthday party at a restaurant and let guests know that they do not have to pay for their meal or drinks? There will also be entertainment. A: The party’s hosts are expected to pay for all of the expenses. Therefore, it is not necessary nor […]

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The Dinner Meeting: We’re not treating!

by epi on January 22, 2013

Q: I am planning a dinner meeting the evening prior to a day-long board meeting. The dinner meeting is set up so that each individual pays for their own meal. It has been done in the past but is not yet an established tradition. How do I indicate these details in the agendas and e-mail […]

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Buttermilk Feather Cake with Nutmeg

by epi on December 28, 2012

It’s featherlight, moist from the buttermilk, and nutmeg scented – simply scrumptious. Because it’s so restrained, it’s versatile, good with pear compote and crème fraîche or whipped cream, or in season with juicy ripe fruit (like peeled, lightly sugared peaches, pitted sliced plums, or berries), or just pristinely on its own. P.S. Don’t skimp on […]

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