HOTEL ETIQUETTE: 14 RULES

HOTEL ETIQUETTE: 14 RULES FOR LADIES

Some people like to think that all behaviour is acceptable at hotels. This is not true. Although a hotel is not your home, it is still someone else's as well as someone else's business. The same way you want others to respect your home, family and place of work is the same way others expect … Continue reading HOTEL ETIQUETTE: 14 RULES FOR LADIES

ETIQUETTE: TOP 8 RULES FOR VISITING FAMILY AND FRIENDS

There’s nothing like visiting family and friends. It’s a chance to relax, laugh, and catch up on what is happening in each other’s lives. But no matter how close you are to someone, there are still rules you should always follow. And the majority of them are based on respect. Whether family or friend, no … Continue reading ETIQUETTE: TOP 8 RULES FOR VISITING FAMILY AND FRIENDS

QUARRELING IN PUBLIC

The other evening, as we were walking down the street to attend a political meeting, a young couple passed me. He was scowling. She was talking in a high-pitched voice. Just as they came opposite to us we heard her say sharply, “All right, then, why didn’t you go alone?” There was nothing very bitter … Continue reading QUARRELING IN PUBLIC

DO GUESTS NEED TO BE ENTHUSIASTIC?

Who was the man who used to have to push up hill a big rock that kept rolling down as fast as he pushed it up? It wasn’t Tantalus, was it. No, it was Sisyphus. Well that’s the man I always feel like after the strain of entertaining an unenthusiastic guest. If I were a … Continue reading DO GUESTS NEED TO BE ENTHUSIASTIC?

THE HISTORY OF ETIQUETTE: FROM EGYPT TO EUROPE

Etiquette: a code of behavior that delineates expectations for social behavior according to contemporary conventional norms within a society, social class, or group. ~ The idea of teaching etiquette or a code of behavior is not new, nor is the idea that mankind needs a finishing touch - extra schooling to better navigate society and … Continue reading THE HISTORY OF ETIQUETTE: FROM EGYPT TO EUROPE

ARGUING AND CRITICIZING IN PUBLIC: AN ANECDOTE

ARGUING AND CRITICIZING IN PUBLIC: AN ANECDOTE

“I don’t want to accept that invitation,” a friend of mine said to me one morning recently, when the postman brought her a week end invitation as we sat together on her porch. “Why not? I thought they had a lovely big house.” “They have, but the last time we went there, X found so … Continue reading ARGUING AND CRITICIZING IN PUBLIC: AN ANECDOTE

ETIQUETTE: TOP 3 RULES FOR ATTENDING ART EVENTS

Attending art events can be daunting for the newbie. There are rules to follow. Conversations to be had. And while doing all that, you are supposed to display a certain amount of savoir-vivre. For some, it can be a bit too much. So, for the newbie, we recommend you start out slow. Learn the basics. … Continue reading ETIQUETTE: TOP 3 RULES FOR ATTENDING ART EVENTS

EXAMPLES OF LOW BREEDING

Did you ever watch a group of young people chattering to each other while some older person sat silent in their midst, almost as much ignored as if he or she were invisible? It is a sight I see every once in a while and it always fills me with a combination of sadness and … Continue reading EXAMPLES OF LOW BREEDING

The Modern Calling and Visiting Card

THE MODERN CALLING AND VISITING CARD

A calling card, also known as a visiting card, is a small card with one's name printed on it. The calling card was a social necessity in 18th-19th century American and Western European upper societies. They were as much utilitarian objects as they were status symbols. Calling cards were carried by both men and women … Continue reading THE MODERN CALLING AND VISITING CARD

VISITING CARDS: WHAT ARE THEY?

VISITING CARDS: WHAT ARE THEY?

A visiting card, also called calling card, is a small card with one's name printed on it. It was carried by both men and women in the 18th and 19th century as a way to announce themselves in an acquaintance's home or to request an invitation to visit. "The essential convention was that a first … Continue reading VISITING CARDS: WHAT ARE THEY?

COUNTRY HOUSE ETIQUETTE: 9 TIPS FOR THE SUMMER GUEST

Ever wondered if there were rules for spending the week-end at a country estate in the early 1900s? If yes, you'll be happy to read this short guide on rules and practices for such occasions. If you have been invited to a week end gathering this summer, know that many of the rules still apply, … Continue reading COUNTRY HOUSE ETIQUETTE: 9 TIPS FOR THE SUMMER GUEST

17 BEHAVIORS A LADY SHOULD ELIMINATE

Finishing school is not just about learning etiquette, it is also about learning how to become a better person. Because in the end, there are certain personality traits and behaviours that will render etiquette lessons difficult to learn as well as decrease the impact of those that were learned. For this reason, we want to … Continue reading 17 BEHAVIORS A LADY SHOULD ELIMINATE

ETIQUETTE FOR ATTENDING ART EVENTS: 12 TIPS by Balissande Finishing School

ETIQUETTE FOR ATTENDING ART EVENTS: 12 TIPS

There are many types of art events happening all over a city at a given time. There are art shows, gallery openings, demonstrations, meet-and-greets, auctions, exhibitions, and much more. In this article, we will share a few basic tips that will help you navigate the world of art with ease and pleasure. 1.. When attending … Continue reading ETIQUETTE FOR ATTENDING ART EVENTS: 12 TIPS

VIDEO: BASIC RULES FOR PAIRING FOOD WITH WINE

Every hostess should become familiar with the various wines available and how to pair them with food. Even if you are not much of a drinker, you should learn the basics. So, we've gathered three videos below for you to watch. We hope you enjoy them! Conquer the art of wining and dining with these … Continue reading VIDEO: BASIC RULES FOR PAIRING FOOD WITH WINE

HOW TO HOST A FUN DINNER PARTY: 13 TIPS

HOW TO HOST A FUN DINNER PARTY: 14 TIPS

Too many dinner parties are somber affairs. Why should they be? When one is dressed to the nines, chandeliers are lit, and the dishes approaching the table are culinary masterpieces, why should one look like they are in the midst of paying an obligation? We, at Balissande Finishing School, are all for cheerful, memorable dinner … Continue reading HOW TO HOST A FUN DINNER PARTY: 14 TIPS

HOW AND WHY TO DINE WITH STYLE: A 1950's VIDEO ON AMERICAN TABLE MANNERS

HOW AND WHY TO DINE WITH STYLE: A 1950’s VIDEO ON AMERICAN TABLE MANNERS

Today, we want to share a 1951 education film by Retro Detective Want More Retro on American table manners. It's a short tutorial discussing why manners are important and how to practice them. We hope you enjoy this quick trip back into time! "Good table manners matter for several reasons. If each person is busy … Continue reading HOW AND WHY TO DINE WITH STYLE: A 1950’s VIDEO ON AMERICAN TABLE MANNERS

FINISHING SCHOOL: WHAT IT IS

A finishing school is a school for young women that focuses on teaching social graces and upper-class-cultural rites as a preparation for entry into society. The name reflects that it follows on from ordinary school and is intended to complete the education of women with classes primarily on deportment and etiquette, with academic subjects secondary. … Continue reading FINISHING SCHOOL: WHAT IT IS

ETIQUETTE: WHY IT IS IMPORTANT

Nothing is less important than which fork you use. Etiquette is the science of living. It embraces everything. It is ethics. It is honor. - Emily Post Ever visited or lived in a city where workers, neighbors, or drivers were overly rude and callous? Ever gotten mad, annoyed, sad, or stressed out from experiencing this … Continue reading ETIQUETTE: WHY IT IS IMPORTANT

HOW TO RECEIVE LETTERS OF INTRODUCTION

Well, we've written about writing and using letters of introduction. Now, it's time to write about receiving them. As written in earlier articles, letters of introductions are formal methods of introducing an acquaintance to another acquaintance. They should be taken on with great consideration and respect. The same with receiving one. A lady who receives … Continue reading HOW TO RECEIVE LETTERS OF INTRODUCTION

HOW TO USE A LETTER OF INTRODUCTION

When you hear of letters of introduction, you may imagine something from yesteryear. But if you have ever received a letter of recommendation, you have actually received a letter of introduction. The name has changed, but the purpose has remained the same - to certify a person's high moral standards, respectability, honour, kindness, and so … Continue reading HOW TO USE A LETTER OF INTRODUCTION

THE ART OF INTRODUCTIONS IN 6 STEPS

In our current society of non-stop networking, introductions have taken on a simplistic format. If someone wants to introduce an acquaintance, they can easily say something along the lines of: "Sally meet Harry. Harry meet Sally". But did you know there are rules to follow when doing a proper introduction? Here are a few rules … Continue reading THE ART OF INTRODUCTIONS IN 6 STEPS

WRITING LETTERS OF INTRODUCTION

When many think of introduction letters, they think of a time when visiting cards and powdered wigs were en vogue. And they are right. In the 18th and 19th centuries, letters of introduction were an important and necessary way of moving through society, forming business partnerships, and participating in politics. "When Benjamin Franklin served as … Continue reading WRITING LETTERS OF INTRODUCTION

ETIQUETTE: TOP 2 RULES TO FOLLOW

It doesn't matter if you are an aristocrat or a seamstress, if you are a brilliant speaker or a proficient diner, if you are a wine aficionado or an illustrious equestrian, or even if you can quote the poems of Shakespeare and Lord Byron verbatim - all that matters is how you treat people, their … Continue reading ETIQUETTE: TOP 2 RULES TO FOLLOW

BASIC TABLE SETTING GUIDE: 4 RULES TO REMEMBER

Yes, table settings can be a complicated affair. All you have to do is watch Downton Abbey to see how intense it can get. But i am very happy to say, it doesn't have to always be so. Why? Because basic is in! Rejoice in that! In all seriousness, dining customs have relaxed tremendously. There … Continue reading BASIC TABLE SETTING GUIDE: 4 RULES TO REMEMBER

WHAT IS ETIQUETTE?

Etiquette tends to be one of those words that people cringe and scowl whenever they hear it. It makes people think of reprimands, classism, or "that horrible moment when...". But it doesn't have to be so. The basis of etiquette is being kind, considerate, and respectful. Yes, etiquette is about rules. And although some rules … Continue reading WHAT IS ETIQUETTE?