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Ask the Etiquette Expert: Should Teens Trick-or-Treat?

Question: Can I turn away teen trick-or-treaters for being too old? Answer: Manners matter – rather than ask a teen to leave your doorstep (very rude), take a deep breath, ask yourself what is the harm in giving out an extra treat, and hand him or her a candy bar. If a teen walks up to your door for a treat, it would be impolite to turn him or her away. It is generally not the intention of a teen trick-or-treater to show disrespectful behavior. Don't scold them or make them feel uncomfortable. Consider a group ... [ Read More ]

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Halloween Costume Party Etiquette

Costume parties are a great excuse to get together with family, friends, and coworkers. With Halloween right around the corner, I’m sure you have your costume purchased and have already RSVP’d in a timely manner. That’s a little nudge to get ... [ Read More ]

The Value of a Nametag by Diane Gottsman National Etiquette Expert and Modern Manners Authority

The Value of a Nametag

What’s in a name? Well, actually a great deal. A name is a person’s identity. Saying and remembering someone’s name makes them feel valued. Nametags are invaluable when meeting new people, greeting other’s you haven't seen in a while, and trying to ... [ Read More ]

How to Host a Pumpkin Carving Party by Diane Gottsman National Etiquette Expert and Modern Manners Authority

How to Host a Pumpkin Carving Party

If you love pumpkins as much as I do, you must be delighted to fill your home with as much pumpkin goodness as humanly possible. From warm pumpkin pies to pumpkin spice lattes, a pumpkin decorating party is a fun way to carve some fun into your fall ... [ Read More ]

6 Good Reasons to Bite Your Tongue in the Office by Diane Gottsman National Etiquette Expert and Modern Manners Authority

6 Good Reasons to Bite Your Tongue in the Office

When it comes to behavior in the office, it’s important to err on the side of caution when you are establishing your professional image in the workplace. Here are a few tips and reminders to follow while you're at work to avoid any turmoil with your ... [ Read More ]

Restroom Etiquette: Reminders for the Guys by Diane Gottsman National Etiquette Expert and Modern Manners Authority

Restroom Etiquette: Reminders for the Guys

What to do when you visit the loo… The Urinal If there are multiple, pick a urinal at either end, rather than dead center. Respect personal boundaries by giving the guy next to you some space by moving down a few urinals. Don’t talk to ... [ Read More ]

Apple cider for the fall

Creating Fall Traditions with Family and Friends

Autumn is a gorgeous season filled with warm colors, crisp weather, and bountiful harvests. As we begin to prepare for the winter months ahead, now is the perfect time to create comforting fall traditions to share with family and friends. Here are ... [ Read More ]

A Girls' Gathering by Diane Gottsman National Etiquette Expert and Modern Manners Authority

A Girlfriends’ Gathering

Meeting friends after work for a quick happy hour can be fun, but having an after work gathering can be even better.  Maybe it’s time to watch the entire season of VEEP or catch up on the balcony with snacks and a few choice libations. Hosting a ... [ Read More ]

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