On Social Graces: Q: I was recently at a wedding, seated next to my significant other’s 36 yr. old son. He was chewing gum and I politely and in a rather joking manner, as we have a close relationship, mentioned that I didn’t think it was either the right place or time. However, he answered… Read More
On Social Graces: Q: A woman I work with tends to go overboard when applying perfume. Some days I can hardly breathe, much less work. How can I ask her to use less without offending her? A: Make the problem about you rather than her. Say, “Nancy, I’ve recently become very sensitive to certain… Read More
On Social Graces: Q: What is proper thank-you note etiquette from house guests after they’ve departed and returned to their own homes? Should one expect a thank-you note via snail mail, or are profuse verbal thanks previously rendered in the driveway sufficient? Does the nature of the house guests make any difference (i.e., close family members… Read More
On Social Graces: Q: Should I send a gift to the host of a dinner party? A: If attending a party in a private home it is always nice to bring a gift. After all, they have spent the time and effort to… Read More
On table manners: Q: After the completion of a formal dinner, where do you place your utensils? A: Place the knife and fork parallel to one another across the plate with the knife blade facing inward toward the plate. Position the knife and fork in the position of ten o’clock to four o’clock.