Buffet Lines

Did you know that kids should not go first?

Many of us enjoy buffets with family around the holidays, and we often let kids go through the line first. Making hungry kids wait is not the most enjoyable task, but did you know that kids who can balance a plate and serve themselves should NOT go first through a buffet line? Learn who should go first in this tip!

Electronic Guilt Tipping

Did you know that you do not always have to tip when asked?

The clerk at your favorite bakery, food truck, or coffee shop swipes your credit card and spins an electronic screen around that asks whether you want to tip. Do you select 15%, 20%, or 25% for being handed a pre-made sandwich? Or do you select “no tip” under the awkward gaze of the clerk? Learn how to respond to electronic tip requests in this tip!

Food Preferences

Did you know that there is a way to handle food requirements at an event?

If you have a dietary issue, the standard etiquette was to let your host know at the point of R.S.V.P. After all, no one wants to call 911 due to an unknown, life-threatening reaction to nuts. However, as food awareness in the U.S. has expanded this rule has changed. Learn how to navigate your dietary needs when dining with others in this tip!

Are You a Space Invader?

Did you know that personal space extends from 1.5 to 4 feet away?

If you have had someone intrude on your personal space, you know how hard it is to think about anything other than regaining your comfort zone. In fact, the maintenance of personal space appears to be a very basic survival mechanism. Learn why we respond so strongly to space invaders and how to effectively navigate personal space in this tip!

Sit or Stand?

Did you know that both men and women should rise when others join the table?

Under traditional social etiquette rules, a man was expected to rise for a woman when she approached or left a table. Learn how this rule has changed and what you should do in this tip!

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