Archive for February, 2012

Gala Etiquette: Social Season Tips

Last week I was fortunate to attend a lovely gala for the Westlake Chamber of Commerce at the Austin Country Club. I must admit, part of the fun was in the weeks leading up to the gala, when I was asked several questions regarding gala etiquette. Below are a few common questions that come up during the social season:

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Super Bowl Party Host Etiquette: Mind Your Game Day Manners!

Some of the greatest sports moments in history happen in the kitchen! ~ Anonymous

In 2011, the Super Bowl was the most watched TV program in U.S. history, with 106.5 million viewers, according to the Nielson Wire ratings. Last year’s Super Bowl game surpassed the long-time leading final episode of M*A*S*H (with 105.5 million viewers in 1983).  The NFL championship game is more than primetime television – it is a national tradition. Super Bowl game day is also the second largest food consumption day in the U.S., after Thanksgiving!  If you are hosting a game day watch party or attending one, the players are not the only ones being observed. Your manners will be watched too. Read these etiquette tips for game day success. (more…)

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Valentine Etiquette: Dos and Don’ts

Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination. ~ Voltaire

 Do you want to avoid those awkward moments on Valentine’s Day? Keep a few thoughts in mind as you prepare. Fresh flower purchases still rank number one, capturing 36% of holiday transactions. While men buy mostly for romantic reasons, women use Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to show they care to mothers, daughters and friends, as well as their sweethearts. Women even treat themselves to Valentine’s Day. If you are cooking on Valentine’s Day, six sexy foods for consideration on the menu include almonds, asparagus, avocados, figs, oysters, and chocolate! Think about these dos and don’ts for love at any stage of the game: (more…)

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