The Etiquette Teacher

A blog about etiquette, manners, raising polite children, and other related thoughts.

Where Does the Napkin Go? (Part 1: Place Setting)

Growing up, I didn’t set the table that often for dinner. As the oldest of six, I was usually assigned the task of washing dishes; setting the table went to a younger sibling or two. Even so, I remember my mother instructing me that the fork went on the left and...

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More Fine Dining – For Less

I like going out to dinner. Someone else cooks, serves me the food, and cleans up after me. I love going out with my whole family; it gives us a great opportunity to connect and linger over dinner, without the distractions of home. Fine dining makes it even more...

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To Regift or Not To Regift?

The Thursday before Christmas has been designated as National Regifting Day. That seems about the right timing to panic if you haven't finished shopping yet. This year, with Christmas on a Monday, by Thursday it may even be too late for Amazon Prime to get a gift to...

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Tips for the Thanksgiving Guest

Norman Rockwell [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Thanksgiving dinner for my family this year won’t look like a Normal Rockwell painting. It’s not a bad thing; there simply isn’t a table large enough for all 25 of us who will be converging on my sister-in-law’s...

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There’s Nothing Scary About Halloween Manners

Halloween is less than a week away as I write this. I really like handing out candy on Halloween. I enjoy seeing all the costumes and the smiles I get for handing out full size candy bars. (It’s a reward for the few brave souls who will dare to come down my...

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What is this fork used for?

Back in the Victorian era, you were absolutely not to take any food with your hands (which was a good thing given the standards for hygiene in those days!). But if you were to be a member of high society, you had to make sure you touched those foods with the proper...

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Using Formal Dishes Part 2: Fancy Dishes Dinner

In my last blog post, I addressed why I think it’s a good idea to have formal dinner dishes. Today, I want to talk about actually using those dishes. So let me introduce you to a tradition in my family: Fancy Dishes Dinner. Every Sunday, as often as possible, we break...

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Using Formal Dishes Part 1: No Regrets

Over 20 years ago, when my husband and I were getting married, we didn’t register for formal dishes. Back then, in the 90’s it seemed that everyone registered for formal dishes except us. We did register for stemware, so we’d be able to have a toast at our wedding in...

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What is it? And how do I use it?

This will be the first of what will over time be a series of blog posts that focus on objects you are more likely to encounter at an antique store than while dining in the United States today. But, you never know, and it’s always best to be prepared. So for today, I...

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Casual Dress for Etiquette Class? Yes!

Today I got asked about the dress code for class. I think the person asking was a little surprised that it’s casual dress for class. As with everything in my classes, there’s a reason behind that. Give me a minute to explain. As I’ve written about...

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Pssst…Scooch a Little Closer

When my children were younger, they went through this dry-cereal-for-breakfast phase. Every morning the three of them would sit at the kitchen counter and eat a bowl of dry cereal, with the milk on the side. Every day after they finished, I would find enough cereal on...

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Confession of an Old-Fashioned Girl

I have a confession to make: I’m an old-fashioned girl at heart. I’m not one of those people who quickly embraces new technology and just intuitively knows how to use it. I’d much prefer to print this out on paper, put it in an envelope and mail it to each of you....

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The Etiquette Teacher

Typewriter, film camera, old-fashioned, tea

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My name is Dina and I'm a certified etiquette consultant who is trying to make the world a little more courteous and a little less messy and more refined while dining.

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