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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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


by Rosanna Bowles Pranzo is a midday meal eaten in Italy at 1 PM. Gathering for pranzo is an important ritual for all Italians. The closest tradition Americans have to pranzo is Sunday dinner; in the U.K. it’s afternoon tea. This meal is a diverse cultural moment in which extended family members gather to be together to […]


Q: I have been dating a man 10 years my senior for the past two months. Both he and I feel its time to introduce him to my parents. I thought that it would be nice to do this over dinner at a restaurant of my parents choosing. My mother said that she didn’t care […]


Q: My son is about to be a first-time father, and he asked me if I would be willing to host a baby shower for his wife. They live a distance away from me and therefore the attendees would be friends of mine rather than people from my son’s age group. I told him that […]


Easy Exit: How to depart appropriately

by epi on June 11, 2012

Q: What are the guidelines for making a smooth exit from a gathering? I feel awful when I interrupt the host and hostess if they’re speaking with other people. If it’s a large gathering, do you make the rounds to say good-by to everyone or just the ones closest to the door? I always feel […]