Mind Your Manners

There is a reason for napkins, thank you notes and switching your smartphone to silent mode. Here, top etiquette guides for the family

“Remember that a dinner party is not a funeral. You’re there to be entertaining,” writes Walter Hoving in the classic 1961 guide, Tiffany’s Table Manners For Teenagers. Hoving had a point, and it’s a sentiment echoed across a number of step-by-step guides, including Lisa Gaché’s latest, 24 Karat Etiquette. Having worked with Oscar winners, Saudi princesses, intelligence operatives and child stars, Gaché shares tips on everything from navigating the red carpet and using a fish fork to scheduling playdates and applying to prestigious private schools. Meantime, actress Liv Tyler recently teamed with her etiquette expert grandmother, Dorothea Johnson, on a “lively and approachable guide” to Modern Manners which outlines, amongst other things, the dos and don’ts of smartphone “netiquette” in today’s digital world.

Image above, clockwise from top left: 24 Karat Etiquette, by Lisa Gaché; Modern Manners: Tools To Take You To The Top, by Dorothea Johnson and Liv Tyler (available for pre-order); Tiffany’s Table Manners For Teenagers, by Walter Hoving; Very Classy: Even More Exceptional Advice For The Extremely Modern Lady, by Derek Blasberg; Manners, by Kate Spade; How To Be A Man, by Glenn O’Brien; Emily Post’s Etiquette (18th Edition), by Peggy Post, Anna Post, Lizzie Post and Daniel Post Senning; and Manners Can Be Fun, by Munro Leaf.