It is a good one and has served me well." Are there any etiquette rules that should not be broken? Your time is important but other people's time is especially important when they have gone to the trouble to entertain you."What are the most glaring etiquette mistakes that you see? Have you ever had an entertaining or etiquette disaster yourself?I gave a Christmas party one year and I always take great pride in serving my Smithfield ham.I had a Smithfield ham station with biscuits but my basset hound managed to get the ham off of the kitchen counter and took it upstairs and ate it on the bed in the guest room!

She's the show's resident expert in decorum, manners, and entertaining, so we got her opinion on exactly how one should behave. I think that people have forgotten how to meet one another properly.

When you meet somebody, it is always correct to say "How do you do? The rule used to be "Don't put your elbows on the table," but that is the least of it now. I don't know why people's perception of what is appropriate and what isn't has gotten blurred.

My name is—" I have a trick that I will divulge: If I have forgotten somebody's name I'll say to them, "Tell me your name again," and they'll say "Tom," and I'll say "No, no, Tom, your last name." So it is like I knew their first name but [I didn't know] their last name. But I have had cocktail parties from 6pm to 8pm, and people have turned up at 8pm. Today, people have two i Phones on the table and maybe an i Pad on the seat next to them. I have asked people to put away their cell phones because there is nothing ruder than to sit with someone who is cutting their steak and then poking at their i Phone to look at their tweets. Social media is like an addiction and lot of people who would ordinarily be very thoughtful can just be disrespectful and thoughtless.

Acting like a lady is carrying yourself with dignity, which also empowers a man to be a gentleman. If you are going out with a gentleman, he will cover your date.

Many of us want a true gentleman, but I believe we hold the power to the way we are treated in our hands. A lady knows that she deserves to be pursued and does not do so. However, you should always be prepared to pay if the date does not go well or he forgets his wallet.

It’s the law of attraction and common sense: If we want a gentleman, we must be and act like a lady. If you are in the position that you have to initiate contact in order to communicate, then you should know that you are not dealing with a gentleman and can move on. Time frame: no one gets to call you on a whim to hang out. Curfew: Mama always said nothing good happens past 10 o’ clock and she’s pretty much right. The gentleman version of this article on Good Guy says, “An English gentleman never split the meal with his date.

In all areas of life, I believe being a lady displays self-respect, class, appreciation and etiquette. Being a lady starts with how you treat yourself and others. A lady warrants a respectable reputation purely by the consistency of her word. Your time is precious and valuable and you are clearly booked days in advance. He comes and picks you up, especially on the first date. However if you are meeting someone in person for the first time, meeting in a neutral location is a smart, safe move. So set the time you need to be home in advance and let your gentleman know about it ahead of time. Appreciation: Being a lady and acting lady-like does not mean that you are entitled or snobby. The English used the term “go dutch” in “derisive application,” as they stereotyped the Dutch as being cheap, or “stingy.” Today, the gentleman always picks up the tab, especially on the first date, and with no expectations.” 30 Characteristics of a Modern Lady explains that ultimately etiquette is the natural byproduct that flows through a lady’s character.

It also allows you to enjoy the niceties of life with the ease of knowing how to act in all situations. She dresses tastefully: A lady dresses appropriately for the occasion. Phone calls: When in doubt, a good rule of thumb is not to make phone calls before 9 am or after 9 pm. She is gracious: She never just says, “hello” when being introduced to someone. She offers her seat to the elderly, disabled or a parent with small children. She RSVPs promptly, reads an invitation thoroughly and does not ask for exceptions. Bringing a small hostess gift shows your appreciation for the preparation your host has done. Someone who honors your time will plan ahead and ask to take you out with at least a 48 hour request. It can be inconvenient, but is it your job to make dating you convenient? Practice having a heart of gratitude and always say thank you for specific actions or generosities. How to order: Have respect for your gentleman and do not behave with entitlement by ordering the most expensive thing on the menu. These traditions are mostly common- sense that simply allow you and others to enjoy life more.

You don’t have to come from wealth or be wealthy in order to conduct yourself like royalty. She offers a kind greeting like, “it’s a pleasure to meet you” or “how are you this evening? She turns her phone on silent and puts it away for meals, meetings and church. She says, “yes, please” or “no, thank you.” She does not say, “yep” or “nope.” 9. She always promptly sends a detailed thank you note to anyone who has shown her hospitality. If he wants to treat you to a fine bottle of wine, he can order it or offer for you to make a selection. If this article intrigued you, please share to inspire others.