FORMAL BRITISH TABLE SETTING: A HOW TO GUIDE WITH TIPS

HOW TO SET A FORMAL TABLE: 4 EXAMPLES

Are you interested in throwing a formal dinner? If so, we hope you will enjoy this post. We scoured the internet looking for great videos showing how to lay formal settings and how these settings can look once set. The first table setting is by Luis, the butler at Highclere Castle. Luis has been working … Continue reading HOW TO SET A FORMAL TABLE: 4 EXAMPLES

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

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

HOW TO SET THE TABLE

Can't remember where your soup spoon ought to go? What about your salad fork? Knowing how to set a traditional table can seem like antiquated etiquette -- but it can come in handy! Anna Post, great-great-granddaughter of etiquette expert Emily Post, shows how to set a table with a plate full of tips and tricks … Continue reading HOW TO SET THE TABLE

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

16 DINING DOS AND DON’TS BASED ON “TABLE MANNERS” BY EMILY POST

From fashion to cuisine - there were rules and modes of behaviour for everything in the past. And Emily Post, a famous American author, was top at explaining them. Emily Post (b. 1872) was an author and speaker famous for her books, columns, radio programs, and video tutorials on etiquette. Post grew up in a … Continue reading 16 DINING DOS AND DON’TS BASED ON “TABLE MANNERS” BY EMILY POST