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

REMINDER: 12 BASIC DINING ETIQUETTE RULES

REMINDER: 12 BASIC DINING ETIQUETTE RULES

We haven't done a dining etiquette post for awhile. So, today we’d like to re-visit some dinner etiquette rules. 1.. Do not bite into a bread roll. Instead, break off a piece of your bread and eat it. 2. Do not butter a large piece of bread and then bite into it. Only butter the … Continue reading REMINDER: 12 BASIC DINING ETIQUETTE RULES

WHAT TO DO WITH YOUR NAPKIN AT A DINING TABLE

WHAT TO DO WITH YOUR NAPKIN AT A DINING TABLE

Ever sat down at a dining table and didn't know what to do with your napkin? Well here are a few rules of etiquette to help you the next time you are faced with one. Let's begin! The minute you sit down at the dining table, the first thing you should do is: lay your … Continue reading WHAT TO DO WITH YOUR NAPKIN AT A DINING TABLE

VIDEO: HOW TO SET THE TABLE FOR A 3 COURSE DINNER

VIDEO: HOW TO SET THE TABLE FOR A 3 COURSE DINNER

Three course meals are very popular. You will have experienced a version of it at most mid to high-end restaurants. For example, a meal with a salad course, main course, and dessert course served separately would constitute a 3 course meal. For this reason, they are essential for most formal dinners. Every lady should know, … Continue reading VIDEO: HOW TO SET THE TABLE FOR A 3 COURSE DINNER

FINISHING SCHOOL TRAINING: HOW TO DESIGN & HOST SOCIETY DINNERS

FINISHING SCHOOL COURSE: HOW TO HOST PROFESSIONAL & SOCIETY DINNERS

Hello ladies! We are excited to say, we now have a tutorial available for designing and hosting dinners. You may be asking: how is it different from the articles we have already posted on this site for dinners? Well, this course is an intensive level course created for ladies who have the desire to hostess … Continue reading FINISHING SCHOOL COURSE: HOW TO HOST PROFESSIONAL & SOCIETY DINNERS

HOW TO FOLD TABLE NAPKINS

VIDEOS: HOW TO FOLD TABLE NAPKINS

Table napkins are great ways to add beauty and art to your dining tables. They can make a plain table look whimsical, luxurious, elegant, or even rustic. That's the power table napkins can have when folded properly! For these reasons, we believe every lady should know how to fold table napkins. Below, we've gathered two … Continue reading VIDEOS: HOW TO FOLD TABLE NAPKINS

ETIQUETTE: 20 TIPS FOR ATTENDING A FORMAL DINNER

ETIQUETTE: 20 TIPS FOR ATTENDING A FORMAL DINNER

Dinner parties are fun affairs. They are the perfect events for us ladies to dress up, meet new people, practice our manners, have great conversations, and eat wonderful food. So, let's discuss our responsibilities at such events. Just like hostesses have a responsibility to their guests, so do guests have a responsibility to their hostesses. … Continue reading ETIQUETTE: 20 TIPS FOR ATTENDING A FORMAL DINNER

21 Tips for Diners

ETIQUETTE: 21 RULES FOR DINING

The Holidays are here... Hurray! And with the Holidays come formal dinners. So, we'd like to re-visit some dinner etiquette rules as well as cover a few new ones. For this article, we've collected 21 don'ts from the 1895 book: How to Behave and How to Amuse by G. H. Sandison. We hope you enjoy … Continue reading ETIQUETTE: 21 RULES FOR DINING

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

7 STEPS TO THROWING A FORMAL DINNER

Throwing a formal dinner party is 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, … Continue reading 7 STEPS TO THROWING A FORMAL DINNER

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 13 tips that … Continue reading FORMAL DINING TABLE DECORATION: 13 DONT’S

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

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