We’re sure your Halloween celebration includes some ghoulish fun, which we strongly encourage. And though we‘d never want to make your blood boil, we do feel the need to remind you that the usual party etiquette guidelines still apply.
- Make sure your guest list is relevant. If your celebration agenda or entertainment includes things that will offend (er, scare the daylights out of) potential guests, it may be best not to invite them. Or, you may want to tone down the offensiveness.
- Remember your hosting duties. Greet every guest. This is especially important on a night when pranks are rampant. You want to make sure the people who enter your home are actually invited so you can keep unwanted activity at bay. But also, a good host ensures that guests are eating, drinking, and mingling. The ultimate goal – and host’s responsibility – is for everyone to have a good time!
- Keep your guests informed. Before arriving, they need to know if they should be in costume or not. If they should expect cocktails and Halloween candy, or if dinner will be served. And they definitely need to know where and when they should show up.
Halloween is such fun! Using these guidelines will help keep those bad goblins away.
Are you ready for a spooky good time? Tell us how you will be celebrating here.
Remember when you were little and a stray dog or cat would wander into your yard? If you were like me, you immediately got water, food, or a saucer of milk and befriended the needy animal.
Times may have changed, but there are still many furry friends who need us. In fact, there are more than ever.
Around 8 million animals find their way to a shelter each year. And there are many more who still roam our neighborhoods. Who takes care of them? No one. This is why they are so dependent on those who care enough to leave a bit of food and water outside. Animals need guardian angels.
As an etiquette consulting company, we spend a lot of time encouraging people to be kind and attentive to others around us. But when we extend this courtesy to more than just the people around us, and include animals, and Mother Earth, we create an entirely new (and larger) level of respect.
Some things to consider when it comes to animals:
- Teach your children to respect and care for animals.
- Before adopting a pet, do your research and consider whether you are capable of caring for it long-term. Animals, like humans, are not disposable.
- Spay and neuter your pets. Of those who have pets, 35 percent do not do this according to the American Humane Association And many of these folks intentionally breed their pets, only adding to the number of homeless animals who need our care.
- Adopt your pet from an animal shelter.
- Many people purchase a new pet from a pet store. Unfortunately, nearly all of these animals come from irresponsible breeders or puppy mills. Increasing demand from these sources is not helping the problem.
If you are not able to adopt a pet, we encourage you to support your local animal shelter. Even when you can’t directly help someone in need, it’s always good to support them
as you can.
On behalf of all the animals in our lives, we thank you!
It’s been said that no good deed goes unpunished. We believe no good deed goes unnoticed.
Doing something nice for someone else is the ultimate win-win. You feel good, they feel good, and you can count on more good things happening, too.
Here are our favorite ways to spread the nice-ness!
- Smile at everyone you encounter
- At a drive-through, pay for the meal of the person behind you
- Become a “big brother” or “big sister” to a child who needs a friend
- Deliver a basket of goodies to your local fire station or police precinct
- Deliver some goodies to an assisted living facility
- Better yet, spend time with people who live at that assisted living facility
- Volunteer at an organization that needs you
- Help someone cross a busy street
- Offer care to someone with a serious illness
You never have to look far to find a good deed just begging to be done.
What good deed have you done recently? How did it make you feel? Tell us about it on our Facebook page!