From the category archives:

Entertaining

Q: I’m holding a surprise birthday dinner next month for my husband at our favorite restaurant.  I invited three other couples — am I expected to foot the entire bill, or is it OK to ask everyone to split it? A: When you’re the host, you pay the bill.  Since you’ve already invited the others […]

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Q: I invited my son’s girlfriend for Christmas.  They’re seniors in college and practically live together- but I want them in separate rooms.  What’s the best way to communicate this? A: Talk about the sleeping arrangements before their visit.  Simply say, “We’re planning to have Sheila stay in the guest room.”  It’s unlikely your son’s […]

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Holiday Manners Makeover- Table Rules

by Cindy Post Senning on December 13, 2011

This post originally appeared at my parenting blog The Gift of Good Manners. I will be cross posting some of my favorite content from that blog here at the Etiquette Daily periodically. I hope you enjoy these posts as much as I enjoyed writing them. Table Conversation The art of dining includes several things: the […]

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FHB and the “No Thank You” Portion

by Cindy Post Senning on December 6, 2011

This post originally appeared at my parenting blog The Gift of Good Manners. I will be cross posting some of my favorite content from that blog here at the Etiquette Daily periodically. I hope you enjoy these posts as much as I enjoyed writing them. While celebrating Thanksgiving two weeks ago someone asked what to […]

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Setting Study: Placement on the table

by epi on December 5, 2011

Q: I am having a dinner party and am trying to find out the proper placement of my china, silver, and crystal. A: Dinner plate:  This is the “hub of the wheel” and usually the first thing to be on the table. Two forks:  The forks are placed to the left of the plate.  The […]

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Q: We’ve been invited to several holiday parties this year.  Is it okay to “double-book”? A: This is one of those times when it’s fine to double-book and go from one holiday party to another.  The casual, drop-in nature of most holiday parties makes this okay.  Just be sure you do each event justice — […]

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Q:We are invited to a holiday party. The invitations were sent out by email.  In the invitation/email , it states that the couple hosting the party would like all guests to bring specific items – such as specific food – and all liquor. They even state that the liquor and food are to picked up […]

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Thanksgiving Troubles: Complaining relative

by epi on November 24, 2011

Q: Every year, my mother-in-law insists on planning the entire Thanksgiving meal- and then complains about the workload.  Should I stay out of the way or continue to offer my help? A: You have two good options: One is: Sit back, praise away- “You’ve outdone yourself again!”- and send a handwritten thank-you note afterward.  Or, […]

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Q: You invite a friend to join your for Thanksgiving.  She accepts but doesn’t offer to bring anything.  Do you ask her to contribute? A: Yes.  Families celebrate in different ways and your friend might not be used to potluck.  But if that’s your style, just let her know.  Request something general, like an appetizer, […]

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Q: My brother’s new girlfriend is loud, tells off-color jokes- and is coming to our Thanksgiving dinner this year.  What’s the best way to handle her? A: Chat with your brother ahead of time.  Say, “I’m happy you and Lisa are coming for Thanksgiving, but can you talk to her about toning down the jokes?  […]

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