Dining Etiquette

The gift of presence: A Thanksgiving message

By Arden / November 17, 2015 /

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I love the focus on gratitude and being thankful for the blessings in our lives. I love spending time with family that isn’t centered around gifts, rather that we share the gifts of our presence with each other. And I have to admit, I also love turkey, gravy,…

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Dinner party dos and don’ts

By Arden / September 18, 2015 /

As we approach fall, the cooler months are a wonderful time to have dinner parties and cocktail gatherings, especially around the holidays. My husband and I love to have friends over to dinner. Whether a casual spur of the moment get together or a planned out dinner party, it’s always nice to enjoy the company…

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Restaurant and wait staff pet peeves

By Arden / June 30, 2014 /

If I had a dollar for every time someone complained to me about the service they received at a restaurant I would be a rich woman. It does seem to be a rare occurrence to get great, attentive service at a dining establishment these days. Here are some of the complaints I’ve heard.

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National Etiquette Week: From poison to throat slitting, the evolution of etiquette

By Arden / May 14, 2014 /

It’s National Etiquette Week; a recognition of the importance of etiquette and protocol in all aspects of our lives. Today’s post is about how the word and emphasis on etiquette began and some etiquette practices that have evolved from centuries ago.

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Dinner party lessons

By Arden / April 25, 2014 /

My husband and I made a New Year’s resolution in December to have people over to dinner at least once a month. With the exception of a scheduling snafu in January, we have enjoyed the company of four people every month. It’s been such a wonderful experience. Not only are we seeing people we haven’t…

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How to handle those occasional etiquette dilemmas you will encounter

By Arden / April 9, 2014 /

My husband and I flew to Baltimore to attend his nephew’s wedding. I love weddings. I love spending time with family, being reminded of my love for my husband and seeing how different people organize a wedding. It’s always a wonderful time.

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To eat or not to eat before a party

By Arden / January 12, 2014 /

Michelle Obama is celebrating her 50th birthday. Hard to believe she’s 50, she sure doesn’t look it. Her party invitation stated it was Snacks & Sips & Dancing & Dessert, and specified to wear comfortable shoes, eat before you arrive and practice your dance moves.

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Informational Interview Etiquette Answers

By Arden / December 19, 2013 /

I received a very nice email from a graduate student who was seeking answers to coffee meeting and informational interview etiquette dilemmas. He wrote: I found your “Coffee Date Dilemmas” (blog post) very informative and helpful, with its consideration of small but important details, and enjoyed browsing your blog. I do have a few follow-up…

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What do I do when I spill food on the table & other dining etiquette dilemmas

By Arden / October 16, 2013 /

Sometimes you don’t realize what you don’t know until you’re faced with a situation you haven’t dealt with before. Many of my clients and class participants ask me questions about things they have no idea how to handle or that they aren’t sure how to properly navigate. I especially tend to get a lot of…

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Lessons learned from an unpleasant coffee meeting

By Arden / May 9, 2013 /

If you are a salesperson, business owner or are unemployed, you most likely do a lot of networking. This often means coffee and lunch dates with people who have complementary businesses or who can be helpful to you in some way.

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