Whether you are hosting a family Sunday brunch, a relaxed lunch in the garden, or a formal dinner, make it a special experience for your guests. We "dine" with our eyes before ever tasting the food and by setting a sumptuous table you will wow your guests before they even take a bite. Our tips on menu planning, dining etiquette, unusual flatware and mastering the art of eating difficult foods will take your entertaining to a new level. Be  the quintessential host whose dinners run seamlessly, and whose friends can't wait for your next party!



  • Setting a Spectacular Table

  • Five Main Dining Styles

  • Understanding Your Place Setting

  • Table Etiquette

  • Seating Protocols & Place Cards

  • Menu Planning

  • Food & Wine Pairings

  • Hosting a Meal with Skill and Finesse

  • Hostess Gifts

  • Spectacular Event Planning

An invitation to a VIP black or white tie event?   No problem, we can guide you through appropriate dress codes and protocols of the all important RSVP etiquette. Formal dinners can range from four course meals to extravagant eight course feasts. We will explain the often confusing flatware for unusual foods and multiple courses, how to use it correctly and the flatware "cues" for wait staff. Understanding your personal place setting will give you a new found confidence, preventing the faux pas of eating your neighbor’s bread or drinking their wine! Follow our guidelines and you will be the guest people want to invite back, again and again.


Manners Matter LLC - Greater New York City Area

Theresa Salameno, Founder & Managing Director



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