Bad Manners of 2014…the year in review!

new-year-hd-clipart   So… we have decked the halls and spun the dreidel and now it is time to look back and reflect on the year gone by.  Here are some manner mis-haps that might help get you started on that New Year’s resolution list!

Not in any particular order, mind you, but we have hit the highlights or low-lights as you will see…

  • RSVP…do you know what that means? Well lots of people missed that memo when a company sit down dinner party ended up with 96 extra guests! Read the full RSVP story.
  • Being mindful/considerate of personal space… Ever heard of “Manspreading”? Well it started making news from the inconsiderate practice of men taking up more than one seat on NYC subways. Read the entire Manspreading article.

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  • Respect our military… Several Presidents have been inadvertently inconsiderate when it came to protocol when greeting our military. We have always said multi-tasking is overrated! Read the whole Obama Coffee Salute article.

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  • Did you know that more than 65% of all business conducted happens during a meal?…Well we are taught to not talk with our mouth full and at this year’s Nathan’s Hot Dog eating contest, there was no time for talking!
  • Respect for one another… Laurence Sternes said “Respect for ourselves guides our morals, respect for others guide our manners”. Tell that to Donald Sterling, Ray Rice and Bill Cosby!
  • Proper dress will lead to success… Fashion faux pas were abundant this year, but one we thought was the most glaring and daring, and for her audience… inappropriate! Find out who here: NewsDay’s Celebrities Behaving Badly
  • Social Media has a loud voice… Your questionable actions, which 5 years ago may have flown under the radar, now have wings thanks to Social Media. Toys R Us and Breaking Bad action figures, seemed like a Bad idea, well most of you thought so too.

 Let us know the biggest infractions that you found newsworthy this year! Share with us on Facebook or Twitter!

Thank you for engaging and we wish you’all a happy and healthy New Year…

  • Cheers!

    Lisa and Demetria

    Co-founders- Mother, May I

How May I be the Hostess with the Mostest this Holiday Season?

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Holiday Hosting a great party, with no mishaps, seems like a daunting task. With our help, you will host that event with confidence and ease. Here are three simple ways to be the talk of the town…in a good way.

  • Send out invites with a start time and an RSVP. Expect your guests to respect your time. If they do not RSVP, call them. Knowing your guest list is a big part of your party’s success. Party-crashers are a part of the holiday hullabaloo…take it as a compliment if someone crashes your party rather than creating a Hollywood scene. White House Party Crashers
  • Be sure to greet each guest at the door as they arrive. Sounds simple, yet many of us become preoccupied when that doorbell rings. An expert hostess is prepared and available to open the door, greeting guest by saying “I am so happy that you are here”!
  • Keep your food simple, which if possible, perfect at room temperature. Making extravagant dishes will just create extravagant concerns. Finger foods are easiest to eat when standing and talking to others. There is a reason the Pillsbury Doughboy has been a favorite at the holidays.

Even the most well planned parties can be damaged by a manner mis-hap. Mother, May I understands that not everyone has had a visit with us…so if the party gets out of hand, be sure to keep your control and escort the bad “behavior” to a quiet room. Offer concern and listen to the complaint, then call them a cab or Uber.

You are invited to share your favorite hosting tip. Please post with a reply…

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Demetria and Lisa

Co-Founders – Mother, May I