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 ]

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 ]