Etiquette

All Your Etiquette Questions, Answered

Real Simple’s Modern Manners columnist, Catherine Newman, etiquette expert and author of the parenting memoir Waiting for Birdy, offers her best advice on your social quandaries.

10 Ways to Be a Better Guest

You know to say please and thank you and not bring up the hostess’s recent breakup. But if you really want to shine—and be invited back next year—take note of these simple rules.

How to Navigate a Party

Gracious greeting and graceful eating―when you can’t afford to make a bad impression.

Your Guide to a Pleasant (and Politics-Free) Thanksgiving With Your Family

Real Simple’s etiquette expert offers her best advice on how to navigate political divides at the dinner table, and eight other holiday season etiquette quandaries.

How to Not Resent Your Holiday Houseguests

A quick guide to keeping your cool when playing host this holiday season.

10 Ways to Be the Ideal Houseguest

Follow these simple rules of etiquette to ensure you’re invited back.

7 Ways to Handle Embarrassment

Everyone agrees embarrassment can be excruciating. But is the emotion all bad? Discover its surprising upside—and learn how to get over it more easily—with this expert advice for kids and adults.

These Are Diners’ Biggest Pet Peeves

It turns out people don't like cash-only restaurants, communal tables, and more.

3 Ways to Write the Perfect Note

At a loss for words? These tips―and examples―will help you write a heartfelt message.

8 Baby Shower Etiquette Issues, Solved

As the host of a shower, you face a unique challenge: To make the honoree happy without making yourself crazy. The good news: It’s actually doable.