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Celebrations abound that beg for toasts: New Year’s Eve, graduations, job promotions, awards ceremonies and baby showers. These 7 steps to a perfect toast will help you feel prepared, confident and refined, whether it’s a business dinner with a guest of honor or ushering in the New Year. To give a toast, remember the 3… Read More


Valentine's Day - Restaurant Etiquette

Valentine’s Day is a nationally celebrated holiday often associated with a romantic dinner out. Good etiquette at restaurants is part of good manners anytime when eating out. But, it especially comes to mind around Valentine’s Day when diners pack restaurant tables to celebrate their romance. Most servers are trained to treat customers with courtesy and… Read More


You’ve probably heard the expression that someone is a “class act.” It’s a compliment, of course. And who wouldn’t want to be described in that way? However, one needs only turn on the TV news to be assaulted with examples, instead, of a decline of civility. This decline is seen in everything from politics and… Read More


‘Tis the season for holiday dinner parties! Which means it’s time to brush up on your holiday dinner party etiquette. Whether the party is in the home of your boss,  friends or neighbors, you will set yourself apart as a gracious and thoughtful guest, if you follow these holiday dinner party etiquette tips. Here are… Read More


  My first trip to China was approaching. I started a packing list. Walking stick for the Great Wall? Check. Eddie Bauer ‘moisture-wicking’ shorts and tanks? Check. Comfortable shoes ? Check. (Don’t ask how many pairs I took!) But to enjoy and appreciate this people-crammed, but gorgeous country to the max,  I learned while there,… Read More


You just got engaged! How exciting! If you’re planning on posting about your engagement and upcoming wedding, here are seven pieces of social media engagement etiquette you need to know. As an etiquette expert, I was honored to be interviewed for this article in WeddingWire. Once the initial shock and excitement of the proposal dies down—a.k.a. once… Read More


Hot Tea Etiquette

Hot Tea Etiquette – 8 Tips to Appear Socially Refined While January is recognized as National Hot Tea Month, hot tea etiquette is important in business and social settings all year long. We’ve come a long way from the straight-laced Victorian tea times when afternoon tea was first established (and even the post-Edwardian period…think Downton… Read More


10 Blunders to Avoid While Hosting a House Guest. We all know the things to do to be a gracious house guest. But, when the roles are reversed,  do we know how to host a  house guest overnight so they feel welcomed and comfortable? I was honored to be interviewed, along with two other etiquette… Read More


Thanksgiving Etiquette Tips | Professional Etiquette Classes | Rachel Wagner

Thanksgiving is a time to gather around a scrumptious table with family and friends.  To be impressive as a host or a guest, here are a few host and guest etiquette tips to keep in mind, in addition to using your best table manners and dining etiquette:… Read More


It’s almost trick or treat time, as evidenced in my neighborhood by the plethora of Halloween lights and decorations emerging on houses and porches. So, I knew it was time to make a trip to Costco for a giant bag (or two!) of Halloween “treats” expected at my front door in a few days. Trick… Read More