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

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

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

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

15 WAYS TO CULTIVATE GOOD TASTE

Taste (noun) the ability to judge what is of good quality, aesthetically pleasing, or socially appropriate. It's hard to define what is good taste. But when we cross it, we know it. We feel it. We may not know what exactly is so aesthetically pleasing to our senses. But we know it is. Good taste … Continue reading 15 WAYS TO CULTIVATE GOOD TASTE

THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING TASTE

Taste (noun) the ability to judge what is of good quality, aesthetically pleasing, or socially appropriate. Despite the standard definition written above for the word, "taste", we at Balissande Finishing School prefer taking a more philosophical approach. As written above, having (good) taste is generally about being able to judge correctly. But we must ask … Continue reading THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING TASTE