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The Art of Entertaining During the Festive Season

The Etiquette of Entertaining at Christmas - at Minding Manners, Kensington Palace and The Milestone Hotel

Enjoy this exclusive seasonal event - a unique 1-day programme to complement our monthly 5-day The Finishing Touch training, in combination with segments from The Personal Touch


How to Enjoy and Thrive at Holiday Parties


Don’t just survive, thrive with confidence during this year’s festive functions with expert tips on everything from what to say and how to say it, what to wear and how to wear it, what to drink and how to serve it.


You will learn how to add polish to your presence by entering and exiting a room with grace and impact, gain insight into making cultured small talk and elaborate conversation.


(Key topics: confidence building; posture, poise and deportment; social introductions and networking; communication, speech and elocution; image and dress codes)    


Enhance Your Personal Presence  


Adding a personal touch to all that you do is indeed an art and a sign of cultivation at the highest level. You will enhance your personal presence this season with our expertly guided tuition in the art of elegant gift wrapping…that is after discovering the international do’s and don’ts of gift giving and how to add sophistication to the ‘thank you’, be it verbal or written. This is an interactive segment.


(Key topics: gift giving and receiving, gift wrapping, thank you notes and correspondence)

Party Planning with Elegance and Flair


Count down to Christmas - what to prepare, when and how. From festive dinners and buffets to reception parties, attention to detail is the hallmark of a gracious host(ess). Discover artistic usage of flowers, ribbons, napkins and candles to create a refined décor and personalise your table or home. Depending on how many guests you may have and the formality, our English and French etiquette experts will share both domestic and continental menu best practices to ensure your savoir-faire is at its height.


(Key topics: table decorations, napkin folding, menu planning, cocktails and seating precedence)


Christmas Champagne Afternoon Tea        


Enjoy the art and etiquette of a traditional English Afternoon Tea set in the magical atmosphere of our partner 5-star hotel, The Milestone, where you will be welcomed into the intimate surroundings of The Park Lounge with a glorious view onto Kensington Palace, which is where the magic continues thereafter…


Christmas Carols at Kensington Palace   


End a magnificent day with us at Kensington Palace where you can join in the singing of Georgian inspired carols as we tour through the State Apartments, led by expert guides who reveal stories of Christmases past along the way. We will finish by celebrating Christmas with a finale song around the 30-foot Christmas tree. 

Tuition: £330 + VAT. The programme includes an illustrated workbook, all activity materials, applicable entrance fees, festive refreshments and champagne (or a non-alcoholic beverage) with full afternoon tea service (finger sandwiches, scones and pastries).

Date and Time: Monday 15th December 2014, 2.00pm – 7.30pm


Please note that this special session is limited to six participants. 


If you wish to join us the week before (Monday 8th - Friday 12th December) for The Finishing Touch, we will be deligthed to welcome you, however, please register early as December is peak season. 


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