The weekend prior to Thanksgiving is traditionally the most popular time for groups to host Friendsgiving. With the COVID-19 guidelines changing and restrictions tightening, is it still possible to host Friendsgiving? If it is, how so? Here are my tips to help keep you "COVID compliant" while celebrating! Keep the celebration to your "quarantine pod."Throughout… Continue reading Friendsgiving: COVID Edition
After a wonderful meal with great company, there is no worse way to finish the dining experience than having confusion over the bill. No matter the circumstance, a business meal, a group of friends, or a celebration in honor of someone, this type of confusion can always make attendees feel uncomfortable. In order to avoid any awkward moments,… Continue reading Splitting the Bill
With event and holiday season upon us, many of us are attending family gatherings, formal galas, and even hosting such events (maybe for the first time!). Whether it is knowing how to set the table properly or being knowledgeable of your place setting at an event, learning these three traditional types of table settings will… Continue reading The 3 Table Settings You Need to Know
A couple weeks ago, I wrote "You Got Invited to a Military Ball!" Well, the time is here! In honor of the Marine Corps Birthday and Veterans Day next week, I am sharing my tips for attending a military formal. Now that you have done all the prep work to get ready, it is time to attend… Continue reading Attending a Military Ball or Formal!
It's one of my favorite times of the year... Military Ball season! Between growing up in a military family and working in the field of event coordination and protocol for the military, I have had the pleasure of attending several military events. One of my favorite formals is the traditional "Birthday Ball" for the services in the Fall.… Continue reading You Got Invited to a Military Ball!
In conjunction with my post from last week, I am expanding on the topic of "Dining American or European/Continental Style?" As I pointed out previously, there are some basic differences between the two styles. Today, I am expanding on these differences and breaking down the key components to each style! Holding Your Silverware American Style:… Continue reading American versus Continental Dining Style
This week, I am covering dining etiquette! This is a vast topic and can be broken into many posts so today, I am highlighting what I think are the foundational pieces of dining etiquette. Even though "dining etiquette" may feel like a formal topic, a lot of these tips can be used in everyday circumstances such as client luncheons or dinners, going out… Continue reading 8 Foundational Dining Etiquette Tips