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Etiquette: Kids & Weddings Director Crystal L. Bailey gave her etiquette advice for incorporating young people into weddings for Baltimore Child magazine. “Children can bring excitement to weddings,” says Crystal L. Bailey, director of the Etiquette Institute of Washington. “Incorporating them into a wedding, having them dancing on the floor — that makes everything beautiful and brings some youth. Read the Full Story Here

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This December, our director shared her top etiquette tips with Northern Virginia Magazine. See the full story here. As a host, prep as much as you can in advance so your guests can actually enjoy your presence. A host should never spend the entire evening in the kitchen or manning the cocktail bar. Additionally, if you are uncertain of your guest’s dietary restrictions or how to meet them, don’t be afraid to ask.  - Crystal

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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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