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Q: When I’m invited to a dinner party, should I tell the host ahead of time about my food allergies? A: Definitely mention any allergy that could cause a serious reaction. When you call to RSVP, explain to your host, “I’d love to come for dinner but I have to tell you I’m deathly allergic […]

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Q: If I’m not enjoying myself at a party, how soon can I leave without seeming rude? A: If it’s a large cocktail party or reception, it’s okay to leave after staying for roughly an hour. If it’s a dinner party, you should stay through dinner, since your host has set a place for you […]

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Can you pass the potatoes, please?

by epi on July 25, 2013

Q: When eating family-style, which way should food be passed? A: Technically, food is passed around the table in a counterclockwise direction, or to the right. The reason there’s even a guideline for this is to provide some sense of order when passing food. Common sense comes into play here, too. If someone only a […]

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Q: My neighbors have invited my husband and I several times for dinner, whether it be an outdoor barbeque and bonfire in the summer or a cozy supper and movie night. We usually arrange for a babysitter to come and watch our children while we are out, but for the first time, our neighbors extended […]

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Q: I always thought that female attendants represent the bride and that male attendants stand up for the groom. Do these gender roles still exist, or have times changed? A: Brides and grooms who want to honor a special person in their lives – be it a relative or friend – may choose to have […]

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Q: It is our family’s custom to say grace before meals. Is it okay to say prayers when we have guests for dinner? A: Certainly. One of the warmest gestures you can make is to include a dinner guest in a family tradition. The only exception would be if you think it might make your […]

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Q: Help! Yesterday, my young son pointed to a man at the grocery store and yelled, “Look at his big, fat belly, Mommy!” I was mortified and at a complete loss for words knowing the man must have heard what he said, but I just shuffled away and avoided the situation. What can I do […]

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Are you a goer or a thrower?

by epi on July 15, 2013

Q: When it comes to parties, I’m always a goer never a thrower. Is that rude? A: It’s rude not to reciprocate in some way, but it doesn’t have to be in kind. If you’re not fond of cooking or having parties at your house, and your budget allows, take small groups of friends out […]

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Q: My child is well-mannered, but his friends abide by different (or lack of) manners. Can you insist on polite behavior from other kids when they’re in your home? A: Of course! Use the phrase, “In our house, we do it this way,” to establish guidelines for what’s acceptable behavior in your home.

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Q: How early should I arrive before a wedding ceremony? A: Arrive at least ten to fifteen minutes early. This will give you plenty of time to find your seat and get comfortable before the ceremony starts. No one came to see you, a guest, walk down the aisle. If you arrive after the bride’s […]

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