Dining Etiquette

Coupon conundrums

By Arden / March 11, 2013 /

Are you a Groupon groupie or a LivingSocial lover? I have been off and on. It’s always fun to get a deal, and I’ve gotten some great ones on everything from haircuts to upscale dining to car detailing. A friend suggested I write a post about how to handle using restaurant coupons when you are…

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How to tell the waiter you’re still eating without saying a word

By Arden / November 14, 2012 /

Did you know there are signals you can use to let the wait staff know you are still eating or are finished? Perhaps you are taking a break from eating for a moment but you don’t want the waiter to think you’re finished. There’s nothing worse than being engrossed in a conversation and then noticing…

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Answers to your random etiquette questions

By Arden / October 29, 2012 /

Over the last few weeks I’ve been asked by friends, colleagues and my Facebook page Likes various etiquette questions. So this post is a recap of the questions I’ve gotten and my answers.

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Coffee date dilemmas

By Arden / September 5, 2012 /

The topic of coffee dates has come up several times in the past few weeks. I’ve been asked about the etiquette of things like who pays, if you should wait to order until your colleague arrives, should you wait in the parking lot if you see the person getting out of their car, etc. So,…

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Help, which bread plate do I use?

By Arden / June 7, 2012 /

I attend a lot of luncheons and dinners where usually the tables are full of utensils, plates and glasses. It can make it hard to know which items belong to you and which belong to your neighbor. At these events, I often see someone take a piece of bread from the bread basket and look…

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A lunch that went bad

By Arden / December 28, 2011 /

A colleague of mine, let’s call her Cindy, emailed me and asked for advice on a situation she had recently experienced. She had been invited to lunch by someone she didn’t know well, we’ll call this person Sarah. Sarah wanted Cindy to join her for lunch at her private club.

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Get your holiday manners on

By Arden / December 19, 2011 /

The holidays are here! As I was standing in a very long line at the post office this morning I reminded myself how stressful this time of year can be. Inside I was feeling impatient and angry at the everlasting queue, but I tried to focus on the positive rather than my irritation. I noticed the surprisingly well-behaved…

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How to impress family and friends at Thanksgiving

By Arden / November 3, 2011 /

We often pull out the linens, nice china and silverware for Thanksgiving and other holiday meals. The formality of the table and the occasion can sometimes be intimidating. Follow these guidelines and your family and friends will be mightily impressed with your lovely manners.

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Teaching children table manners

By Arden / October 24, 2011 /

Guest post by Sarah Morris on behalf of Primrose: preschools with a well-rounded curriculum and a passion for educating children. The art of tables manners will always be in fashion and can add great value to the lives of your children if taught properly. Proper manners travel far beyond “please” and “thank you” in that…

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Interesting etiquette facts you probably never knew

By Arden / May 23, 2011 /

Did you know that the reason people clink wine classes during a toast is that back in the dark ages people heartily clinked their pewter mugs together to distribute any poison that might be in one of the cups? That way if someone was trying to poison someone, everyone would be poisoned, discouraging a person…

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