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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

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

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

woman on phone at table

I have an unpopular opinion. As an etiquette instructor, I’m going to stop teaching my students to leave their phones away from the dinner table. Hear me out… ⁣⁣For years now I’ve been teaching students: “Don’t bring your phone to the dinner table. Leave it in the car or in your room.” ⁣⁣But the more […]

It’s time to STOP teaching our kids: “keep your phone away from the dinner table.”

Aug 16, 2021

I’ve been thinking about this whole left side vs. right side name tag etiquette debate for way too long now. I’m nerdy like that. But it’s ok- I’ve accepted it’s just who I am. Most of my friends still love me. So, instead of just thinking on it, I decided to compile all my ridiculously […]

What side should you wear a name tag? The evidence and the verdict.

Jun 15, 2021

Bear and I demonstrate the simplest way to pin on a boutonniere that stays tight all prom night!

How to Pin on a Boutonniere

Apr 23, 2021

Is it possible to be an over-thanker? It’s important to express your gratitude, but my friend was worried about coming on too strong with a thank you text PLUS a handwritten note. My friend, Loren, sent me a message the other day and asked: What a sweet question, Loren. Send a quick text or email […]

Over-Thanking: Can you say thank you too much?

Jan 25, 2021

If you ever plan to be an adult, you’re going to need to know how to address an envelope correctly. Good envelope etiquette really makes you look like you know what you’re doing to the person who receives your letter and, of course, the main reason for correspondence etiquette is so the post office can […]

How to address an envelope: a 3 min tutorial for teens and tweens

Dec 13, 2020