Dining Etiquette and Social Graces for Adults

How to Shine at Social Events

This two-hour class will prepare participants to face any business or social cocktail party, reception or networking event with confidence and poise. You will learn:

    • How to Introduce Yourself and Others
    • How to Shake Hands with Confidence
    • How to Start a Conversation, Keep it Going, and Gracefully Exit
    • How to Make a Positive Impression at the Table
    • How to be a Savvy Host and Gracious Guest
    • How to Gracefully Handle Food and Beverages
    • The Protocol for Exchanging Business Cards
    • How to Dress Appropriately for the Occasion
    • Dining Etiquette and Table Manners
    • The Importance of RSVPs and Thank-You Notes

The Art of the Meal:

Simple Etiquette for Simply Everyone

If your social skills are up to par, but your dining skills are not, then this dining tutorial is for you.THE ETIQUETTE SCHOOL OF NEW YORK is now conducting dining tutorials for individuals and self-organized groups.

    • Dining Dos and Don’ts
    • Understanding Place Settings
    • Taking Your Seat and Napkins
    • Stemware and Beverages.
    • The Bread Plate and How to Properly Eat Bread and Rolls
    • Rules for Eating Soup
    • Silverware Savvy
    • Continental and American Dining
    • Dealing with Unwanted Food
    • Passing Food at the Table
    • How to Eat Dessert with a Fork and Spoon
    • Wine Etiquette and Protocol
    • Toasting Etiquette
    • Protocol for Ordering, Seating, Paying, and Tipping
We invite you to schedule a private class, or to schedule a group class with your friends and/or family in your home or at a restaurant. Our rate varies depending upon the size of the group.



The Art of Entertaining:

Courteous Host and Gracious Guest

The key to stress-free entertaining is to plan ahead. Entertaining friends, family and/or important clients can be done at home, in a restaurant, or at a club. The food, wine, service and setting are certainly the main ingredients of a successful dinner party, but just as important, if not more so, is how the host and hostess make their guests feel at the dinner party. This class was created to give young hosts and hostesses the knowledge they need to plan and host a polished and successful dinner party.

  • Planning a Formal Dinner Party
  • The Role of the Hostess
  • The Guest List
  • Telephoning vs. The Formal Dinner Invitation
  • Timing of Invitations
  • The Reminder Card
  • Table Setting Dos and Don’ts
  • Greeting Guests
  • The Role of the Host
  • How to be a Gracious Guest
  • Cocktail Hour Dos and Don’ts
  • Seating at Dinner
  • Place Cards
  • The Service
  • Conversation at the Table
  • Toasting
  • Hostess Gifts
  • Thank-You Notes

This class may be privately scheduled at your convenience. It is a two-hour class, which can be held in your home, at our office, or via Skype.

Kindly e-mail Patricia Napier-Fitzpatrick at info@etiquette-ny.com to schedule an appointment.


Afternoon Tea & Etiquette

Afternoon tea is a refreshing alternative to lunch or dinner. There is a timeless quality about  going to tea. Afternoon tea conjures up feelings of elegance and gentility. Whether you are meeting friends, colleagues, or clients for tea, The Etiquette School of New York will help you enjoy the delightful experience of going to tea by showing you how to properly “take tea” and avoid any ” faux pas.”

  •        Host and Guest Duties
  •        The History of Tea
  •        Tea, Tea Types and Forms of Service
  •        Conversation at Tea
  •        Proper Tea Pouring
  •        Finessing the Food at Tea: Tea Sandwiches, Scones, and Pastries
  •        The Dos and Don’ts of Tea Etiquette       

This one-hour class may be privately scheduled at your convenience at any of the hotels in Manhattan that offer a full and formal tea service.

Kindly e-mail Patricia Napier-Fitzpatrick at info@etiquette-ny.com to schedule an appointment.







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