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Office Party Etiquette – Guest Post!

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

No one likes to discuss parties and etiquette as much as I do, but it’s fun to get a fresh perspective now and again.

About our guest

The Dazzling Side of Etiquette

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

Today is a very big day for me.

Would you like to know why?

Manners First

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

Etiquette has always been a hobby of mine. One day, Eric asked me, “what would you do if there were no boundaries?” I answered, “teach etiquette.” Only then did it dawn on me that I could do just that. My “aha moment.”

Come see what I have planned for you

BBQ Manners

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

Just when you thought it was time to let your guard down…here’s a list of manners for giving/attending a bbq. Anything here that we’ve forgotten?

Celebrity chef Ted Reader comes to us with these gems of advice.

What’s cooking with Chef Ted?

Elbows Taboo Answer

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

I had a plethora of interesting guesses as to why we don’t put our elbows on the table on Facebook yesterday.

What did folks have to say?

The Elbow Taboo

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

As I gear up to teach etiquette classes this Autumn, I thought I would practice on you.

Why Do Elbows Get A Bad Rap?

Have We Become Too Busy For Manners?

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Good Morning, Darlings!

Recently I was told by someone I love that I have been misplacing my “pleases” and “thank yous.”  You can only imagine my mortification as I value manners above most things. Even though my schedule has resembled the timetable at Grand Central Station, I realized this was true. Busy should never equal lack of manners. My apologies have overflowed, but it got me thinking.

In this incredibly busy world of ours, have we become too busy for manners? Have we lost our ability to allow others to speak without interrupting their story? Has social media turned us into a bunch of self-absorbed ninnies? Have Facebook and Twitter and golly-knows-what-else made us bratty three-year-olds who always need to be the center of attention?

Gosh, I hope not. But I do think social graces have waned in a lot of us.

Take a moment today to tell those you love how you feel. Be lavish with your manners. Let someone tell a story without calculating what you are going to say next. Engage your brain before you open your mouth.

You won’t believe the difference in your quality of life.  And it doesn’t cost a thing.

xoxo, Patti

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