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

VINTAGE TASTING MENU: CHAMPAGNE, WINE AND BISCUIT

VINTAGE CHRISTMAS TASTING MENU: CHAMPAGNE, WINE AND BISCUIT

For those who enjoy vintage items and old world entertainment, we have another menu for you. This one is a Christmas tasting menu that was issued by The Hotel Astor in 1950. The event was hosted by The Wine and Food Society of New York in the Belvedere Room of the Hotel Astor. It featured … Continue reading VINTAGE CHRISTMAS TASTING MENU: CHAMPAGNE, WINE AND BISCUIT

CHRISTMAS VINTAGE DINNER MENUS

VINTAGE CHRISTMAS DINNER MENUS

Are you looking for some Holiday dinner menu inspiration? Do you want to throw a vintage dinner? Do you need some menu paper design inspiration? If you have answered yes to any of the above questions, we have collected a few vintage dinner menus for you. HOTEL ANTLER Here is a Christmas Dinner menu by … Continue reading VINTAGE CHRISTMAS DINNER MENUS

ONLINE COURSE: HOW TO DESIGN & HOST DINNERS

ONLINE COURSE: HOW TO DESIGN & HOST PROFESSIONAL AND 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 ONLINE COURSE: HOW TO DESIGN & HOST PROFESSIONAL AND 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

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 FURNISH & DECORATE YOUR DINING ROOM: 9 TIPS

10 TIPS FOR DECORATING YOUR DINING ROOM

Before throwing a dinner party, you should always make sure your dining room is decorated beautifully. People like to be surrounded by beauty... traditional, rustic, eclectic, bohemian - it doesn't matter as long as it is beautiful. People like to be inspired. And the dining room should be the second most important inspiration at a … Continue reading 10 TIPS FOR DECORATING YOUR DINING ROOM

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