Upcoming Etiquette Class – Aug 26

Children's etiquette classes

We provide Elizabeth’s Manners and Table Etiquette Course. This course will incorporate: Introductions and greeting people, setting the table, the correct use of cutlery, napkin etiquette, eating at the table, conversations, communication, and Thank you notes; with lots of activities, and fun!

Good Manners and Table Etiquette Course for Children

Next Class

  • Date: Saturday, August 26th, 2017
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (2 hours)
  • Cost: $40/child (includes handouts for future reference and practice at home)
  • Location: Guildford Library, 15105 – 105th Avenue, Surrey, B.C. V3R 7G8 (see map)
  • To register please e-mail elizabeth [at] elizabethetiquette [dot] com or call 604-882-4910 (please leave a message)

Please note, pre-registration and payment is required.




Etiquette Training for Miss BC 2017

Miss BC 2017 crowning

Congratulations to all!
Miss BC 2017

It is my pleasure to announce that Elizabeth Etiquette was once again the official etiquette trainer for Miss BC, Mrs BC and Miss Teen BC this year. During the three-day event in July all of the participants were provided with professional training in areas such as public speaking, community development, health, fitness and nutrition, choreography, assertiveness training, media relations, self-defense and more.

Applications for Miss, Miss Teen, Mrs. and Junior Miss BC 2018 are now being accepted. Visit Miss BC website »

Also, as part of the 15th Anniversary celebration, the Miss, Miss Teen and Mrs BC Pageant created a new category: Junior Miss BC*.

*Girls aged 9-12 were invited to participate in this exciting event, where each participant received professional training in areas such as public speaking, manners and etiquette, anti-bullying and online safety, positive body images and vision boards, community involvement and more.

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Instant Text Messaging Etiquette

Holding phoneText messages, e-mails, and instant messages are the most common forms, today, of sharing news and communicating with others on a daily basis. The messages are brief and use an abbreviated form of English. They can also be a quick and fun way to contact family and friends. However, there are some drawbacks that one should be aware of.

Here is the etiquette for the use of instant messaging:

  • One can get carried away with texting and e-mails, and waste hours instant messaging when they could be doing productive activities
  • It is not polite to text our friends when it causes us to ignore the people we are with
  • Spending time with family, in school, attending activities, participating in a sport, sitting down to a meal, socializing in a group, or watching a movie are NOT times to start sending messages
  • It is polite to give our undivided attention to the people we are with.
  • We use clipped grammar when we write text messages, but that does not mean we can discard good grammar. Good grammar is vital to good communication and should be a priority when speaking and in the written word

Note: Nothing replaces good face-to-face communication. Part of the fun of life is being with people and sharing.

And don’t forget to remember your manners when texting in public.

Sharing Something

Life is sharingSharing is when you allow someone to use something of yours or when you use something that belongs to someone else. The etiquette rules for sharing are:

  • Ask before you take
  • Say, “Please, thank you and you’re welcome”
  • It is polite to “take turns”
  • When you are the person borrowing an item, make sure you treat the item with care and not damage it in any way
  • Return the item when the person you are borrowing from says they want it back
  • Make sure you hand the item back to the person. Do not just “leave it somewhere’’
  • Do NOT ever lend something to someone, when the item is not yours

NOTE: Sharing shows a generous spirit that is a really nice trait to possess.

Remember Your Manners When Texting in Public

While out at a restaurant to other day, I happened to notice a small group of people at another table. They were chatting together while waiting for their meals to arrive.

Suddenly, a cell phone chirped and one of the people in the group checked their phone, chuckled at a text message they had received, and then, without a word to the others, typed a response to the message and placed the phone on the table before returning to the conversation.

“the situation reminded me of two people whispering to each other while in the company of a larger group of people”

A few moments later, the phone chirped again and the person responded to another message while ignoring the people at their table. This routine repeated itself at regular intervals throughout their meal.

Technology aside, the situation reminded me of two people whispering to each other while in the company of a larger group of people. Holding a private conversation, whether through text or in hushed tones, while in the presence of others is extremely poor manners and is disrespectful to the people you are with.

Good etiquette requires that when you are with other people, you turn off your cell phone and text messaging. If you are waiting for an urgent message and must respond, excuse yourself from the group and find a quiet location to respond to the message. If more discussion is needed, it is best to call the person to resolve the issue rather than letting text messages continue to disrupt the people you are with.

Garage Sale Etiquette

Garage saleIt’s that spring cleaning time of year. Time to clear the closets, basements and attics! What better way to do so, than hosting a garage sale. But remember, one person’s garbage is another person’s treasure. So whether you are hosting a garage sale or attending a garage sale, here are some etiquette tips to keep in mind.

Hosting a Garage Sale

  • Be respectful of your neighbors
  • Let your neighbors know you are having a garage sale
  • Invite your neighbors to participate and make it a multi-family/community garage sale
  • Avoid confrontation – tag “Sold” items with customer’s name and number for later pick up
  • As an added incentive, offer delivery for larger loads – for a nominal fee
  • Prepare for changes in the weather – have tarps on hand
  • Hospitality is key – offer refreshments to keep people browsing and buying
  • Smile – greet everyone with a warm welcome

NOTE: Beware of fraudsters. Know how to recognize counterfeit bills.

SIGNS: How will your garage sale stand out? Post notices on Craigslist and post flyers around the community. However, as a common courtesy after the sale has ended; remove all posts online and flyers.

Garage sale peopleAttending a Garage Sale

  • Parking – be respectful of the neighborhood and do not block driveways or other vehicles
  • Respect the host’s property and stay within the boundaries of the garage sale (in other words, do not wander around the property)
  • Take cash with lots of change
  • If you really want to buy something, hold on to it. Putting an item back down and leaving it is fair game
  • Careful handling of fragile items – just like in the shops, if broken, consider it sold
  • Don’t be pushy – be respectful of other customers browsing the sale.

At Elizabeth Etiquette we wish you success whether you are buying or selling!

Good Study Habits

Boy reading

  • Be organized with an Exam Schedule, Reading Assignment Log and Study Planner, so you can keep track of all the topics and reading material you will need for your tests and exams.
  • Find a quiet place to study where there are no distractions such as television, music, or other background noise. If you don’t need your computer, shut it down! Otherwise you may be tempted to play games, or check e-mails.
  • Clear the clutter, giving yourself lots of space to work.
  • Sharpen pencils and make sure you have ample paper for notes.
  • Drinking water will keep you refreshed, so fill your water bottle before you start to study.
  • Only gather the books and things you will need for the test, or exam you are focusing on.
  • Put a “Please Do Not Disturb” sign on your door.

Study ☺.

Plkease do not disturb

Library Etiquette

Kids in library

We’ve all been there, trying to get some peace in a library and someone doesn’t abide by the rules.

Let’s see if we can set some guidelines:

  • No noise or loud talking! The Library is a place for quiet study and reading.
  • Be respectful of others and keep to your space. In other words, “don’t spread out.”
  • Respect the books and other Library property. They don’t belong to you.
  • Return everything in good condition.
  • Return everything on time! Otherwise you may owe a fine.

Above all, enjoy reading! It is a great, informative and relaxing pastime.

Junior Miss BC – June 30

Junior Miss BC

The Miss Teen and Mrs BC Pageant is celebrating its 15th anniversary with a new category: Junior Miss BC!

Elizabeth is honoured to be teaching her Manners and Etiquette Workshop for the 6th consecutive year, and delighted to be invited to teach the Junior Miss BC contestants.

  • One overall winner will be selected as “Junior Miss BC 2017”
  • Our other contestants will be awarded the titles “Sparkle Ambassadors”

This will be a one-day event on Friday, June 30th with a presentation show open to the public in the evening. What a great way for the girls to spend their first day of summer vacation!”

Register here »

Encouraging Manners at an Easter Egg Hunt

Easter eggsWhether part of Christian Easter celebrations or simply a fun activity, Easter egg hunts have become quite popular in the United Kingdom and North America, as well as in many other countries.

Traditionally, boiled eggs are dyed bright or pastel colours and then hidden for children to find. Today, boiled eggs are often replaced with chocolate or candy eggs or, if the eggs are hidden outdoors, with plastic eggs that may be filled with candy or other treats.

As well as being a fun activity, Easter egg hunts offer a wonderful opportunity for teaching children about good manners and respect for others. However, with all the excitement and the competitive nature of many Easter egg hunts, they can easily turn into a mad race to get the most with little or no consideration of others. Before you attend an Easter Egg hunt with your children, discuss the activity with them and remind them of the rules of fair play: Pushing and shoving are not allowed; if someone is reaching for an egg, it is already theirs and should not be snatched away; be aware of younger children and don’t knock them over in the rush to find the next egg, help younger children who are having trouble, and so on.

If you are planning your own Easter egg hunt, you can control much of the chaos and level of excitement by establishing rules that foster fairness and cooperation rather than sheer competitiveness. Consider the following ideas for creating a cooperative Easter Egg hunt:

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