Do’s and Don’ts of Dining Out with Your Dog

Dining Etiquette for your pets

More and more restaurants are not only allowing, but encouraging people to bring their pets to lunch. I have noticed this trend in my own neighborhood, as well as when traveling in other cities. Four legged friends of all shapes and sizes are busy soaking up the sunshine near their owner's feet. A ... [ Read More ]

Easter Table Dining Etiquette

Easter Etiquette: Rules for the Easter Table

The Easter Bunny will be hopping into your home this Sunday and whether you are hosting a large family dinner or a special dinner for two, exercising a few dining etiquette rules will make the experience even more pleasant and enjoyable. Celebrate Magazine and Southern Lady Magazine offer some ... [ Read More ]

Dining Etiquette: What Is a Service Plate?

Valentine's Day Dining Etiquette

This morning on We Are Austin (KEYE-TV, CBS) Chris Saldana, Allison Miller and I discussed awkward Valentine's Day dining moments. After the show we received several follow up questions, and a few regarding a “service plate”. While we didn't have one set up on the set this morning, I thought it ... [ Read More ]

Holiday Etiquette: How to Host a Party in a Small Space

Holiday Party Etiquette

    Do you ever feel like your humble abode may be too cramped for entertaining? Living in a small space doesn't mean having to sacrifice throwing a fabulous party. With a few holiday etiquette hostess rules and some tips from our friends at Little Miss Party Planner, your guests ... [ Read More ]

How to Carve a Holiday Turkey

How to Carve a Turkey for Thanksgiving

  Thanksgiving is just a few days away and our friends at Bob's Steak & Chop House in San Antonio, Texas, are giving us some tips to help us carve our beautifully cooked main dish. Also, my good friend Shelly Miles, SA Living, and I had a Turkey Carve Off with Chef Derek giving us ... [ Read More ]

Holiday Etiquette: Navigating Dietary Restrictions

Steps for Handling Dietary Restrictions During the Holiday

A large guest list for the holidays also comes with a mounting variety of dietary restrictions. Food Allergy Research and Education estimates that up to 15 million Americans have food allergies. Diabetes, lactose intolerance, high blood pressure, and allergies are just a few things to consider when ... [ Read More ]

Holiday Etiquette: Setting the Thanksgiving Table

Thanksgiving Place Setting

Coming together for Thanksgiving offers so much more than the opportunity to share in a delicious meal, though that is certainly something to be enjoyed!  For the host, preparing for a beautiful gathering means time spent in advance on the details so that she can be fully present when the holiday ... [ Read More ]

Eight Steps to Setting Up a Festive Holiday Buffet

Tips On Setting Up a Holiday Buffet

Holiday entertaining at my home is one of my favorite perks of the fall and winter seasons. But, have you ever faced the unfortunate task of cutting down your guest list because you felt you couldn't accommodate everyone? If so, consider serving buffet style. It encourages guests to move around and ... [ Read More ]

A Girlfriends’ Gathering

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

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 girlfriends' gathering is a good way to reconnect in a ... [ Read More ]

Dining Etiquette: How to Eat Pasta {Plus a Recipe to Share}

Dining Etiquette: How to Eat Pasta {Plus a Recipe to Share} by Diane Gottsman Etiquette Expert and Modern Manners Authority

Last weekend I made Summer Squash Ravioli (pictured above), featured in Celebrate Magazine. Needless to say, it was a huge hit. Try it out this weekend…you won’t regret it. But, before you dive in, here are a few Pasta Dining Etiquette Dos and Don’ts: Do use only your fork to twirl a few ... [ Read More ]

Dining Etiquette: What Do You Do If It Rains?

Dining Etiquette: What Do You Do If It Rains by Diane Gottsman Etiquette Expert and Modern Manners Authority

I recently hosted an evening dinner party where the meal and entertainment were to take place outside. An hour before my guests arrived, an unpredicted rainstorm hit and we had to quickly revert to "Plan B." An assortment of friends, coworkers, and clients were arriving to enjoy a relaxed evening, ... [ Read More ]

Ask the Etiquette Expert: Spoon or Fork with Ice Cream?

Ask the Etiquette Expert: Spoon or Fork with Ice Cream? by Diane Gottsman Etiquette Expert and Modern Manners Authority

Q:  Dear Diane, I have a very simple question: When serving cake & ice cream should I give my guests a spoon or a fork? Thanks, MG A: Dear MG, the manner in which you eat your creamy confection is a matter of personal “taste”. Some people enjoy eating their ice cream with a spoon, while ... [ Read More ]

Party Etiquette: Entertaining with Style

Party Etiquette: Entertaining with Style by Diane Gottsman Etiquette Expert and Modern Manners Authority

Throwing a dinner party is so much fun! A stylish host knows how to entertain her guests and still enjoy her own party…it just takes a little planning and preparation. Here are a few party etiquette tips to keep in mind for your next celebration. Consider the theme. Do you enjoy a last minute ... [ Read More ]