Category: Dining & Entertaining

How to Choose and Give the Perfect Hostess Gift

By: Maralee McKee, Manners Mentor When you've been invited to a dinner or party, most of the time, it's customary to bring a gift for the host ...

Holiday Party Etiquette Tips

The Unspoken Etiquette of Your Holiday Office Party

There's an unspoken etiquette of your holiday office party. While a party is suppose to be fun, your holiday office party isn't a normal party. In fac...

Best Pumpkin Muffins

The Best Pumpkin Chocolate-Chip Muffins for Your Thanksgiving Table

Let's make Thanksgiving even yummier this year with these extra flavorful Pumpkin Chocolate-Chip Muffins. These classic pumpkin muffins with a new twi...

Thanksgiving is such a lovely holiday, but with all the cooking, cleaning, traveling, and extra people in the house, it can feel overwhelming. Whether you're a host or guest this year, here are 7 manners that will help you navigate the day with authentic warmth and make this Thanksgiving one of your favorite. #thanksgiving #etiquette #manners #thanksgivingdinner

The 7 Manners of Thanksgiving. Don’t Show Up Without Them!

Not every Thanksgiving gathering is as perfect as depicted in a Norman Rockwell illustration. The day can get "real" really fast. These seven Thanksgi...


How to Say Grace Amazingly Well This Thanksgiving and Any Time

Saying grace before a meal, whether you're the host or guest, can be nerve-wracking. Here's the etiquette of how to say grace amazing well in all situ...

How to split or pay the restaurant tab or bill without splitting hairs. #restaurants #hostess #businessmeals #manners #etiquette

Splitting the Tab Without Splitting Hairs

How to graciously split or pay the restaurant bill or tab is a skill to know when you dine out with friends or coworkers or find yourself the host or ...

the etiquette of what time to arrive at business and social events

The Best Time to Arrive at Business and Social Events

The etiquette of what time to arrive can be tricky because often the right answer is counterintuitive. Read below for what time to show up at your mos...


Does the Host Always Pay?

By: Maralee McKee, Manners Mentor If people are planning a party where they're celebrating themselves or family member(s), does the host always...


Ending Back-and-Forth Emails, Hugging When Meeting, and What to Do If You Forget Someone’s Name

By: Maralee McKee, Manners Mentor Today we look at three different scenerios that share a common thread: knowing how to handle the situations s...


7 Everyday Dining Manners You’re Probably Breaking Without Knowing It

Here are 7 everyday dining manners you're probably breaking without knowing it. Based on my years of teaching classes and corporate seminars, these ar...