“I recently came across a definition of a ‘Southern Belle’ which concluded that a true Southern Belle possesses an undeniable natural charm, has a warm and dazzling smile and impeccable manners. And that this beautiful and charming woman can be recognized by her unstinting hospitality and graciousness. I fully expected to see a photo of my dear friend Patti Davis next to this definition. I can not imagine a more knowledgeable, accomplished or talented connoisseur of proper manners and etiquette than Patti.
They say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. I was fortunate enough to have known Patti’s mother, the inimitable Miss Lillian. My earliest recollection of birthday parties and summer pool parties at Patti’s home always included lunch or dinner around a properly set table, Miss Lillian dressed to the nines, and making us feel like we were at the fanciest restaurant in town. Not surprisingly, that is exactly how it feels having dinner at Patti’s home to this day. Who would have ever known that those early birthday parties and pool parties would become the bedrock of this incredible new venture, perfectly named Dazzling Manners.”
“Patti Davis has the same wonderful knack for teaching manners and etiquette that my mother and grandmother had when they taught us as children.
The principal rule being that: Manners are not about being snobby or pretentious but about making people around you feel comfortable, welcome and at ease.
Plus she can throw and style a fun and fabulous party!”
“Patti is my go-to when I have any concern about what is appropriate. She always steers me straight and usually with an angle I hadn’t considered.”
I have known Patti for over 6 years now and I’ll never forget our first meeting. I was quite nervous but she immediately made me feel very welcome. Before I knew it, all nerves were gone and we chatted like old friends. Patti has an uncanny ability to just connect with people. It’s a very amazing talent in that she brings such a joy and warmth when meeting people. This lady is without a doubt a people person. But I quickly learned that along with her people skills, that her hosting, cooking and entertaining abilities are remarkable as well. From small dinners to the grand Christmas parties of 100 people of more, she makes sure that everyone feels welcome. I have been lucky enough to be invited to many gatherings at her home and it is always a joy to watch this lady in action. She just effortlessly manages all the above with such grace and style. And also she never, not matter what the circumstance loses her sense of fun or professionalism. Patti truly has a passion for being a great hostess, and I am glad that I get to spend such fun dining experiences in her presence. I can strongly recommend Patti.
When it comes to information about etiquette and the dos and don’ts of entertaining, Patti Davis is one of the most knowledgable people I know. She has so much experience dealing with people, hosting and attending parties, that she is a wealth of information. As for her teaching ability, at one point she gave me some informal, one-on-one cooking lessons and the way she taught me she made learning easy. It was fun as well as educational.
Valerie Van Antwerp