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

7 STEPS TO THROWING A FORMAL DINNER

Throwing formal dinner parties are always fun. It's one of those few times your home will look magical. The chandelier in your dining room will be lit, creating sparkles and twinkles up and down your table. The fresh scent of flowers will float through the room, waiting for the arrival of guests, fancily attired, faces … Continue reading 7 STEPS TO THROWING A FORMAL DINNER

THE DINNER TABLE OF YESTERDAY

THE DINNER TABLE OF YESTERDAY

Emily Post, an American author famous for writing about etiquette, wrote this interesting description of a typical dinner table in the early 1900s in her book: Etiquette in Society, in Business, in Politics and at Home. The book was published in 1922, so some references are dated. But we hope you enjoy and learn from … Continue reading THE DINNER TABLE OF YESTERDAY

FORMAL DINING TABLE DECORATION: 13 DONT’S

Formal dining tables are like the human body. They must be maintained, polished, and dressed with care and consideration to look their best. When throwing a formal dinner, the hostess must do her best to make sure her dining table looks as beautiful as possible while maintaining its functionality. So, we've gathered 12 tips that … Continue reading FORMAL DINING TABLE DECORATION: 13 DONT’S

ETIQUETTE: HOW TO SAY A PROPER GOOD-BYE

ETIQUETTE: HOW TO SAY A PROPER GOOD-BYE

The final impression you can give a hostess and her guests at an event is your leave-taking. It seems such a minor thing. But in actuality, it means just as much as your entrance and your behaviour throughout the event. It's essentially the cherry on top. So, first and foremost, always say good-bye to your … Continue reading ETIQUETTE: HOW TO SAY A PROPER GOOD-BYE

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

How to Wear Perfume by Balissande Finishing School

HOW TO WEAR PERFUME: 15 TIPS

In America, perfume is often considered a luxury, left sitting in cabinets and on dressers for years on end. But in many countries around the world like France, perfume is clothing. It is style. It is an essential part of everyday life. Ladies put it on immediately after a morning shower and wear it for … Continue reading HOW TO WEAR PERFUME: 15 TIPS

Etiquette: how to bend down by Balissande Finishing School

ETIQUETTE: HOW TO BEND DOWN AND PICK ITEMS OFF THE FLOOR

If you are like most people, you have dropped something on the floor in the last month - a pen, paper, coins, your cellphone. If you are around children often, you probably have had to bend down and talk to them or pick up a bottle or pacifier. Bending down is unavoidable. So, every lady … Continue reading ETIQUETTE: HOW TO BEND DOWN AND PICK ITEMS OFF THE FLOOR

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, with classes primarily on deportment and etiquette, with academic subjects secondary. It may … 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