A Girlfriends’ Gathering

Cucumber Gin Spritzer – courtesy of Celebrate Magazine

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 ]

TIPS: “To Insure Prompt Service” and Other Useful Acronyms

TIPS: "To Insure Prompt Service" and Other Useful Acronyms by Diane Gottsman Etiquette Expert and Modern Manners Authority

Acronyms can be a very useful tool in creating a memory link. They may have no grammatical roots, and perhaps disputed origins, but they are time tested, easy to recall, and used by teachers, trainers and parents. Here are a few common etiquette acronyms: TIPS: “To Insure Prompt Service”. The ... [ Read More ]

Drive Thru Etiquette

Drive Thru Etiquette by Diane Gottsman Etiquette Expert and Modern Manners Authority

In the midst of a hectic Fall schedule, you may find yourself in need of an afternoon pick-me-up, whether that be a pumpkin spice latte or a root beer float. Before you find yourself frustrated with others as you wait in line, here are some drive thru etiquette tips to keep your manners in ... [ Read More ]

Inspiration for a Festive Fall Luncheon

Inspiration for a Festive Fall Luncheon by Diane Gottsman Etiquette Expert and Modern Manners Authority

It’s officially Fall and time to start celebrating the new season. What better way than by planning a luncheon to catch up with family and friends? I’m sharing a few of my favorite Fall  luncheon entertaining tips with photos. Start with a fun, Fall themed invitation. Whether it is a bridal ... [ Read More ]

Umbrella Etiquette

Umbrella Etiquette, Diane Gottsman

Today is Friday the 13th and according to lore, both Friday and the number 13 are “unlucky.” Another superstition has to do with umbrellas. Opening an umbrella inside a building is said to bring you, and the occupants inside, bad luck. I agree that it’s bad business to walk in to a building or home ... [ Read More ]

Afternoon Tea Party Etiquette

tea party etiquette, Diane Gottsman, silver tea service

This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending a “Sip and See Afternoon Tea in Honor of His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge." Mom and her two daughters were hosts of the tea to bring friends and family together before the start of a new school year. My girlfriend is somewhat of a Royal ... [ Read More ]

Business Etiquette: Coffee vs Lunch…the Mannerly Do’s and Don’ts

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Scheduling a casual business meeting or creative work session over a cup of coffee is a great way to change your environment and enjoy a boost of caffeinated energy while getting things done. Few business professionals can take a couple of hours out of their busy day to linger over a meal when their ... [ Read More ]

Ice Cream Etiquette

Image: Real Simple

In honor of National Ice Cream Month, I thought I’d share a few “hot” tips on the fun and friendly protocol of Ice Cream Etiquette! One of my favorite ice cream makers, Blue Bell Ice Cream, has been creating yummy flavors for 106 years. I asked Jenny Anderson, Public Relations Coordinator for Blue ... [ Read More ]