Welcome to National Etiquette Week


Happy National Etiquette Week! That’s right — the annual celebration since 1997 is happening right now, May 9-13. We think it’s an excellent way to remind us all about manners and why they truly exist: to be kind and courteous to others. That’s the heart of etiquette, really. We love all of the d...

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The Humble Napkin


Napkins are one of those elements of etiquette that are completely practical: they keep your clothes and (in a pinch) your face clean. They were even more useful to our ancient ancestors, whose mealtimes resembled miniature baths. Let’s talk about cutlery first. Forks first appeared in 11t...

Tagged: napkins, dining, etiquette, manners, utensils, childrens manners and etiquette

Moments in history!


Ever wonder about our ancestors’ early sense of manners? Around 2500 B.C., “The Instructions of Ptahhotep” (sometimes called “The Maxims of Ptahhotep,” or “The Precepts of Ptah-Hotep”) was the Emily Post of the day – if Post had been grand vizie...

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Hunting Easter eggs & good manners


We’re at the tail end of prime Easter egg hunting season — the big day is this Sunday. But it’s not too late to talk about etiquette for the cluster of last-minute hunts and get-togethers. For your consideration: • Those who receive invitations to an egg hunt should not only RSVP promptly, but ...

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Holding Your Breath #4


A friend of ours admits that using heightened manners around her preschool-aged daughter sometimes feels a little strange. It’s not that she and her husband are usually rude to each other — although she jokes that, if alone, she’d be much more likely to tell him “Move!” than th...

Tagged: holding your breath, childrens etiquette, etiquette, manners

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