Etiquette Guide to being the Perfect Guest - Ribbon in My Journal

How to be the Perfect Guest this Season, an Etiquette Guide

Phyllis Lifestyle 26 Comments

I love the holidays and look forward to gatherings of friends and family. I have been asked by several people to write some etiquette suggestions for being a well-mannered guest this holiday season. Now, I do not profess to be the holiday etiquette queen, but I have learned a few interesting things in my life. Watching guests arrive and seeing …

White house pastry chef Rolland Mesnier with First Lady Nancy Reagan

Getting to Know a White House Chef (and a Giveaway)

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Talking with the White House’s former executive pastry chef Roland Mesnier was among the most exhilarating interviews I have had in a long time. I felt like I was chatting with an old friend, even though I had never met him. Having served five administrations and handled everything from small teas to state dinners for 800, his road to the …

Holiday Stamps from Expressionery

Holiday Stamps and Fun with My Grandchildren

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I love the holidays, when I can get Hays and Amelia to our home and have fun creating something new. The holiday stamps from Expressionery are the perfect thing for them to use in creating personalized packages and cards. Better yet, because these wonderful stamps are self-inking, they make little mess and are kid friendly. You can use these holiday …

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Childhood Thanksgiving Fondly Remembered

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Thanksgiving was a big holiday when I was growing up, and it still is today! Some things never change. When I was a little girl, we always went to our grandparents’ homes for Thanksgiving. The ride through the country was magical, and the autumn leaves were picturesque. When we arrived, we knew we had two wonderful family gatherings waiting—one with …

TeaTime Holidays cookie recipe

Celebrate the Holidays with Inspiration from TeaTime

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Guest post from Lorna Reeves, editor of TeaTime Magazine As the end of October draws near and the holiday season approaches, it’s time to start planning a wonderful celebration or two. And what better way to make merry than with a tea party? The holiday season is a perfect time to host an afternoon-tea event, and the collection of beautiful …