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These are the tastiest and easiest way I’ve found to quickly make 3 dozen finger sandwiches for Afternoon Tea at Cotillion. Enjoy! Ingredients Directions

Cucumber Finger Sandwiches for Cotillion Afternoon Tea

Jan 7, 2024

child having a tea party with a teddy bear

Hosting a children’s tea party is a great way to celebrate the holidays, birthdays, Mother’s Day, Easter, springtime, or simply just because. Attending a “fancy” event is a little out of the norm for most children, which makes a tea party that much more special. I’ve been an etiquette instructor since 2016 and I’ve hosted, […]

How to Host a Children’s Tea Party

Nov 18, 2023

Lee and I have been married for TEN years today! What a wonderful decade we’ve enjoyed together growing our family, our faith, and our businesses. Ten years ago I was twenty-three years old, living with my BFF, working full-time on the farm with my dad, and adding pins to my wedding Pinterest board like it […]

Ten things I’d change about my wedding now that I’m an etiquette instructor

Oct 19, 2023

An easy-to-follow video tutorial designed specifically for tweens and teens! Hold your knife in your dominant hand and your fork in the other.

How to Use a Fork and Knife Correctly

Aug 27, 2023

You had great intentions. You took the photo, ordered the cards, maybe even addressed and stamped them. But just couldn’t get them in the mail in time. What do you do now? Is it ok to send Christmas cards after Christmas? Of course it is! It’s never too late to connect with those you love. […]

Is it ok to send Christmas cards late?

Dec 27, 2022

Following the theme of “American Flair,” eight competitive tablescapers created beautiful patriotic displays.

2022 Chowan Fair Table Setting Competition Results

Oct 1, 2022

The purpose of boy-girl pairs is to help keep our genders balanced within the cotillion classes. Typically, young gentlemen are a tad more reluctant to attend cotillion than young ladies. You’re shocked, I know. Therefore, our class rosters could easily result in a class full of ladies and only a handful of gentlemen. Unbalanced numbers […]

All about Boy-Girl Pairs at cotillion

Sep 5, 2022

If you want to know how to start a cotillion, manners school, or etiquette program in your area, I’m happy to share! If you’ve got about 12-14 days a year to dedicate to this, you, too, can start a program that will help young people in your community improve their soft skills, practice face-to-face interactions […]

How to Start a Cotillion

Jul 22, 2022

This one-handed method for how to tie a tie is simple for kids, teens, and beginners and will give you a great looking tie knot.

How to Tie a Tie for Kids, Teens, and Beginners

Jul 19, 2022

If you’ve been invited to a party, gathering, or overnight stay, it’s always a kind gesture (and good etiquette) to take a hostess gift. But if it’s a kid-centered or family-friendly event, why not take a gift the entire host family can enjoy?

Hostess Gift Ideas for Families with Children or Teens

Jul 8, 2022