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    5. Take the Lead Let your guest know that the seat with the perfect view of the city is theirs for the taking. A host knows the placement of their napkin signals the start of dinner and that placing the napkin to the left of their setting signals the end. Gesture or use words when guests should begin eating with a "please enjoy" or "bon appétit". Guests are following your lead...so take it! 4. Put Your

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  In January 2018, the European Finishing School experience is brought to Washington in a training led by the premier etiquette connoisseur,  Anne Debard of Etiquette a la Francaise. Interested in this two-day course for adults or one-day for ages 15-19?  Registration will be opening soon. Learn more about Anne Debard below. Contact Us In January 2018, Anne Debard will visit Washington to provide European Finishing School Training for adults. ANNE DEBARD Anne DEBARD is a French business

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CHERRY BLOSSOM SEASON ETIQUETTE Whether visiting D.C. specifically for Cherry Blossom festivities, or you are a native Washingtonian, there are few things we can all do to keep Cherry Blossom season pleasant. Hanami. Hanami, a centuries old Japanese tradition literally means “flower viewing” but is commonly used in the context of cherry blossoms. From strolling down the Tidal Basin to a cruise on the Potomac, cherry blossoms are an amazing sight to behold by day

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We're excited about our upcoming Fine Dining & Business Etiquette Dinner at Eddie V's Prime Seafood located in Tysons Corner on April 21, 2016. Take our quiz below to see if you have the chops to master any dining situation. Not certain which bread plate is yours? Tired of sitting through dinner with your husband on his cell phone? Or wondering the easy way to handle the check when dining with friends? We have answers!

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Bless You!?! Cold & Flu Season Etiquette There are many things I love about winter. The crisp air, an excuse to mix chocolate into every beverage and the hope of snow days! While winter weather brings about some positive aspects, there are negative things that come along with it, such as cold and flu season. The good news is there are steps you can take to reduce your chances of getting sick. Here are my

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I love New Year’s Eve! It’s the perfect time to bond with friends, while reflecting on goals and aspirations for the new year. I really believe in the power of intention. Starting the year off with good intentions sets the tone for the rest of the year. That being said, some people can get a bit unraveled during the New Year’s Eve festivities. You know, alcohol has a tendency to make us a bit more,

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Place de la Comédie, Montpellier, France Last weekend I had the extraordinary opportunity to travel to Montpellier, France to meet with world-renown etiquette expert, Anne Debard of EAF-Etiquette à la Française we discussed "savior vivre" (the ability to live elegantly, and the observance of polite society). Along with our conversation on French culture, fine dining and politesse, we spoke of how technology and globalization have sculpted modern manners. Having the opportunity to truly immerse myself

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