Welcome to the first post in my series on etiquette! (My introductory post can be found here.) I will say this a million and one times, but etiquette serves to make the most number of people comfortable and when you are familiar with etiquette, it can often serve to alleviate some social anxiety (which is the reason why many people avoid situations). As Lizzie Post and Daniel Post Senning say, etiquette is about compassion, respect, and empathy. Today’s post is all about daily etiquette and things that come up in normal, every day lives- greetings, punctuality, wardrobe, and eating. I find that these daily items tend to revolve around respect for you and respect for others!
Much to my pleasant surprise, my poll from my long weekend post showed me that etiquette is in fact interesting to a lot of people! If I’m being honest, I could probably write a weekly etiquette post but I understand that most people don’t need quite that much etiquette. So, I will be sharing the highlights and big points in key areas of etiquette that we all experience at some point in our lives: day to day life, work/ business, big/ formal events, and travel. Today is an introduction to etiquette in general and where I get my information/ ideas from, mainly Mrs. Emily Post!
Eating is something we all have in common, but table manners aren’t as common. I don’t believe that people strike out to be rude or uncouth, but it’s becoming more and more rare to learn table manners. It’s actually a fairly simple practice, as well. This post is going to focus on basic table manners that we all use every day. Continue reading
Without further adieu, part IV of my etiquette series! There are numerous different dress codes, and they all serve a different purpose. I for one appreciate the inclusion of a dress code- it gives me a specific direction as to what you would actually like me to wear to match the level of formality of your event. I am going to quickly run through the major dress codes, and my take on them!
With everything becoming more and more casual, the RSVP seems to be falling to the wayside. An “interested” reply on Facebook might mean that someone will come, they won’t come, they might if something better doesn’t come up, they don’t want to actually say no, or any other number of things. “Maybe I can be there!” often leads to “Won’t be able to make it” 30 minutes prior to the event, or even just a no-show. So, what should actually be happening? Continue reading
Welcome to the second instalment of my series on etiquette. At some point in most of our lives, realistically multiple points, we have all done the dance of gifts. Do I give one for this occasion, for this person? Should I reciprocate in response? How much do I spend? The questions go on and on. I very much appreciate there being gift-giving and -receiving etiquette, as I would otherwise be lost. Continue reading
For the month of February, I will be running a series on etiquette! I will touch on a variety of topics, one per post, that I think are relevant in 2016. The first topic? The handwritten note! I know that I am traditional when it comes to correspondence- I believe that a note is appropriate for every occasion, and some occasions demand a note! However, that train of thought has long fallen off of the tracks in modern society, and notes, letters, and cards are often met with surprise. I might stick out for it (bad or good, I guess that depends), but I think that handwriting a note for someone can make a big statement. Continue reading