Be On Your Best Behavior

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The subject of manners and etiquette usually come up when discussing special occasions, but there are many people better suited than I to teach you the ins and outs of polite society. These are just a few.

If you’re someone who prides themselves on good manners, you should remember that touting them at the expense of others is the epitome of bad manners.

I saw this quote today and it reminded me of this fabulous (and more than likely fictitious) story about Queen Elizabeth II. As the story goes, the Queen was hosting a grand dinner and as the meal drew to a close, the guest of honor picked up his finer bowl and began to sip from it. Hiding what must have been her pure horror, the smiled and followed suit much to the shock of her guests, and began sipping from her finger bowl as well. The point here, whether this story is true or not, is that the most important thing to remember about being a gracious host is to always make your guests feel comfortable, even if it  sometimes means eschewing the “proper” way of doing something.

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