Get Your Partner and Yourself Ready For an Exclusive Dinner Party
Often in today’s casual world, when you are invited to a dinner party you are in relatively comfortable surroundings and you know how to behave socially, but if you are going to attend an elegant New Year’s Eve dinner dance at a five star hotel, you may feel more comfortable taking a weekend long etiquette course that will teach both you and your partner all the do’s and don’ts you need to know.
When you get the invitation, start looking for the best course to suit your busy schedule. Weekend courses are great because everything is taught over one or two days, and not spread out over several weeks. If you have to travel somewhere for the course, you can book a hotel and make it a little getaway as well.
Research online about etiquette academies and find one that best suits training for a dinner dance. Etiquette academies have several types of courses. Business, youth and social etiquette classes are all offered at most academies. Book a weekend social etiquette course, and it should give you the basics for your New Year’s Eve gala.
The first part of the course will go over international etiquette and practicing the social skills of meeting, greeting and handling small talk with the other guests. You will learn about forms of address, and whether to use a handshake or what type of kiss to use. Diction will be practiced as well.
Another important part of the course is dining etiquette. Attendees will be shown a formal table setting, and many courses will actually serve a meal so you can get hands on training in how to maneuver a formal table. You will learn how to take your seat properly, how to use the various eating utensils, glass ware and dinner ware, how to pass items properly and how to eat a fruit course, nothing is left out.
The next part of your course usually goes over posture and poise. You will learn about everything from how to enter a room to how to say goodbye. Your instructor will show you how to walk, sit and stand and even how to descend a staircase with grace and decorum.
Learning the basics of the waltz will probably be the most fun of the weekend. You and your partner should let go and enjoy the time together learning this old time dance. The dancing segment will give you a needed break from the other structured parts of the course.
The last part of the course will go over dressing with class and style and how to create an elegant look for the ballroom.
Remember to have fun with the course. Learning together will make the time pass quickly. When you have finished the course, take some time to practice what you have learned. Turn your dinners into refresher courses, and practice your waltz on the weekends. You will both be ready to have an elegant time at the New Year’s Eve dinner dance.