As the youngest of four children raised in a middle class family in Inverness, a tiny town located in central Florida, by a mother who was a stickler for etiquette, I was the happy recipient of my mother’s lessons in gracious living. Growing up around a perfectly appointed table, and knowing that one dips her fingers in the cut glass bowl with a slice of lemon, instead of drinking from it, I was ready to meet the world.
While in college I had the opportunity to dine with Senators and their wives, as well as other VIPs. My mother’s training was put to good use. She knew that good manners are the key to a successful life, where you can go anywhere and meet anyone, feeling confident and self-assured.
2009 saw the birth of my blog, Anatomy of a Dinner Party, describing dinner parties I have thrown and dinner parties I have attended, along with tips and ideas for hosting any party with ease and grace.
I have been featured on CBS Better Mornings, Fox News Network, Rolling Out Magazine, quoted in the Atlanta Business Chronicle, She Knows as well as writing frequently for Design Is Magazine, Deep South Magazine, and Ask Miss A. I have also been tapped as one of Swoozie’s party specialists.
Over the years I have shared my knowledge with countless friends and acquaintances who needed to know what to do when meeting prospective in-laws, or going for their first job interview. All of them reported back with a happy glow on their face — the glow of self-assuredness.
How can you get that glow, too? Whether you are meeting Oprah for afternoon tea or Derek Jeter for an interview, after a session or two with me, you will attend that afternoon tea or interview with minimal jitters, because you will know exactly what to do.
Do you have little ones? Why not start them on the gracious path early in life? I teach classes for children as young as 4 years. In a fun and informational session, I will guide them in lessons on how to behave at the dinner table at home, while out at restaurants, as well as sharing, thank you notes and more. I teach very basic manners in a very basic way that will stay with your child, long after class is over.
The latest fashions, the most expensive jewelry, the fastest car, even the grandest home, cannot enhance your life in the way that impeccable manners can.
It never goes out of style.
Where would you like to go today?