The Ultimate Christmas Bash

November 28, 2013  |   Blogs,Business Etiquette,Dining Etiquette   |     |   0 Comment

The Ultimate Christmas Bash Looking for some holiday party ideas?  Look no further!  Check out the interview I did with the Ottawa Citizen's, Style Magazine for their December issue.  I speak about the 4 F's: family, friends, food and festivities!  I also discuss how to host a party to ensure your guests always feel special, enjoy their time in your home, have the opportunity to engage in meaningful conversations and build new relationships with other guests.  In addition, I provide some really yummy recipes and suggested wine pairings!  Enjoy!

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The Etiquette of Hostess Gifts

The Etiquette of Hostess Gifts The holiday season is upon us, which means time for celebratory gatherings! Many of us will host or receive invitations to cocktail and dinner parties.  Such occasions provide a wonderful opportunity to catch up with friends, family and colleagues in a more relaxed and fun environment. A question that I am asked quite often by people who have been invited to a cocktail or dinner party is whether they should bring a hostess gift.  My answer is always, “yes.”  While you are never obligated as a guest to bring a hostess gift, it is a thoughtful gesture that demonstrates your appreciation for the invitation and the hospitality. In addition, it will leave a positive impression of you upon the host or hostess which will hopefully mean you will be invited back! Hostess gifts do not have to be expensive or elaborate.  Appropriate hostess gifts include flowers, wine, candles, chocolates or french-milled hand soap. If you choose to bring flowers, presenting them in a vase is a good idea so the host or hostess does not have to take the time to arrange them during their cocktail or dinner party.  Most hosts and hostesses ...

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Remembrance Day – Lest We Forget

November 11, 2013  |   Blogs,Business Etiquette,Protocol   |     |   0 Comment

Remembrance Day – Lest We Forget "I am a Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship in my own way, free to stand for what I think right, free to oppose what I believe wrong, or free to choose those who shall govern my country. This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and all mankind." John Diefenbaker   On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, Canadians are asked to pause in memory of the thousands of men and women who sacrificed their lives in military service. Today, at public gatherings in Ottawa and around the country, Canadians pay tribute with two minutes of silence to the country's fallen soldiers from the First World War, the Second World War, the Korean War, the Afghanistan conflict and peacekeeping missions. As a visual pledge to never forget the sacrifices of our fallen soldiers, we wear Poppies on the lapels of our jackets or blazers.  The Poppy has stood as a symbol of remembrance since 1921. I’ve been asked questions by many people about the Poppy, such as how long it should be worn and the proper side to wear it on. Here are a few guidelines from the Royal Canadian ...

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Runners Etiquette

November 01, 2013  |   Advice for Students,Blogs,Business Etiquette   |     |   0 Comment

Runners Etiquette I’m fairly new to the world of running.  Last year I completed my first 5k run during the Napa Valley Marathon weekend in California.  I’ve advanced to running 10k and was proud to participate in this summer’s Ottawa Marathon weekend.  My husband and I spent the Thanksgiving weekend in Chicago where he ran the Chicago Marathon - I was a mere spectator for this amazing event!  And we’ve both just registered to run the 10k Resolution Run on New Year’s Eve! Running is a part of our lives.  Along this journey, I have gained valuable knowledge with respect to running etiquette and the importance, whether one is a beginner or experienced runner, of respecting the “rules of the road” during your race. Here are some of the “do’s and don’ts” of runners etiquette to keep in mind for anyone entering a race - whether it is a 5K, 10K, half-marathon or full marathon: Runners Etiquette Do’s: Move to the side if someone behind you says “excuse me” or “on your right/left.”  The person behind you is giving you a heads up before passing.  It’s proper race etiquette to ...

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