Saturday, November 7, 2009

Social Graces...Southern Style--in South Florida

The Stuart Woman's Club was the setting today for my Modern Manners for Children etiquette program...
Workbooks, "Miss Janice" pencils, magnolia-motif place cards, and crayons awaited each little girl...
The dining table was set and ready for the tutorial lunch...I used magnolia motif melamine plates, with magnolia motif tumblers and goblets. (The younger girls used the tumblers and the older girls used the goblets). Custom-designed laminated placemats, with an age-appropriate place setting guide, were favors for each girl to take home, along with their place card/magnolia motif menu cards--all learning tools, plus a little something for the scrapbooks.
The Southern-style place setting, appropriate for little girls... The placemats are reversible with etiquette tips on the other side!
My assistant, a puppet named "Catherine the Mannerly Cat," is dressed wearing her pearls, waiting to greet each little girl and give them their little hanging name tags.

The girls arrived, excited to learn Social Graces...Southern Style! What a sweet group they were...I loved them all!

Of course, I have to tell y'all "What I Wore." It's important to look professional when teaching etiquette, but when I teach little girls, I try to keep my outfit a little "fun & girly!" I chose to wear this bright colored "Audrey Charmed" shift by Lilly, with a black turtleneck and black tights. Of course, I wore my pearls...just like my little assistant "Catherine the Mannerly Cat!"

My ponytail was adorned with a black grosgrain ribbon bow and I wore Ralph Lauren pearl stud earrings. I wore my Cartier roll ring wedding band, along with my Rolex Oyster Perpetual watch--had to keep track of the time! To polish off the outfit I wore these darling pearl-embellished black ballet flats, they are by Cochni. They are just too cute with this Lilly shift!

I can't say it enough y'all...I love to teach etiquette, it's sooooo much fun! This age group is such an awesome age because they just soak up everything and love it all! So, I'm off now to plan my next class! Thank you for visiting with me today.

35 comments:

Lisa said...

I remember enrolling my only daughter in an etiquette class. She loved it and I loved it as I got to dress her up (aside from church) once a week - there were four classes held once a week. I'd pick her up and ask her how it went and what did she learn. The answer was always the same: "Stuff I already know." My daughter is no fool and I guess I had/have done my job right :) She's now 19 and a beautiful, gracious young lady, if I do say so myself!

Preppy 101 said...

Those little girls are just darling! What a great day Miss Janice! xoxo

Valerie@travelingthrough2 said...

I bet they had a wonderful time. For years to come they will say, well Miss Janice said ... So very fun. Love your outfit, just perfect for teaching little girls.
Valerie

Paula said...

It looks like you hosted yet another successful class. I love your Magnolia theme and your outfit is just too cute!

Her Preppiness said...

The girls are adorable. What a beautiful table setting too.

Southern Living: Preppy Style said...

Everything about that day just looks perfect, including those darling little girls!

Peggy said...

All three of my daughters too etiquette classes when they were younger. They still talk about them and say they use the information they learned then now as they turn into young ladies and new mommies.
Peggy

The 5 Bickies said...

I am sure you looked as cute as your class was fun! Great job! Those are lucky little girls.

crabbygirl said...

Miss Janice, you are my alter ego!!! I love your style, keep it coming!! Looks like you and the lady ladies had a wonderful time.Looking forward to many more blogs!!

Teresa Jane said...

Looked lovely as always Miss Priss. I need that sign you have in your office gf in black of course and a little different...you know. hmmm-mm

2PreppyGirls.com said...

All the little girls are darling and I'm sure they had a marvelous time!!

But may I just say; I COVET your shoes!! I know it's wrong, but wowsa! Are they super CUTE!!!

You are a CUTIE-Patootie!!

XOXOXO -
Margaret

Brown Eyed Belle said...

Those girls are precious! I can only imagine how much fun you had! Your outfit was so girlie and fun, loved it! I remember going to etiquette class at that age and how much I loved it (and my parents loved it). You remind so much of my instructor! xoxo

Suzanne said...

Miss Janice...What a lovely day those girls must have had. I wish mine had learned at the hands of Miss Janice:-) Thanks for stopping by!

Farrah said...

I have considered getting my license in teaching etiquette. I'm glad to see you enjoy yourself in teaching this wonderful subject!

QueenBeeSwain said...

you are just too precious, how lucky those young ladies were to be under your guidance and charm!

kHm

The Big Blue Dog said...

Wow! I have the same lilly dress and I never thought to put a black turtle neck under it to wear it in the winter!

What a great idea. Thanks Mrs. Janice :)

Headbands and Hand Bags said...

What a beautiful event!! I am so jealous of those shoes, just beautiful!!

thepreppyprincess said...

What a perfect learning environment for the little ones, and they are just cute as can be Miss Janice, honestly!

Love your look as well, definitely ideal for the setting!
tp

Angie said...

I know your students had fun and learned a lot too! Love that cute dress and shoes!

Linda said...

Oh, how I remember taking my daughters to etiquette classes at our church...they were great! We live in the South...so etiquette classes are a must!!! Love the pearl shoes...they are just too cute! Hope you have a FUN week.

Blessings,
Linda

MelMel said...

WOW!
This blog is too cute!
I love it...!

I'll be back...I just love your dress...x

Practically Precious said...

Looks like a very fun class. I'm thinking about doing a much simpler version for the girls at my chursh. I have to ask though - why no tablecloth? Is that part of the class? I know little ones sometimes have a hard time knowing how to handle it in their ap. Just curious. :) Thanks!

Miss Janice said...

Practically Precious, Sometimes I do...it just depends.

Manuela@Pleasures of Homemaking said...

Aren't they a darling group of girls! Love what you wore and the tablesetting is so pretty!

Manuela

Ldy ~~ Dy said...

Miss Janice...it is so wonderful that you teach a class like this. It is truly a lost art on young people these days! I enjoyed all the photos. Those lovely little ladies will thank you one day! Hugs!

mishebe said...

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Mo..."Mo's Cottage" said...

Oh Miss Jancie...I wish I was there to see you....I bet you looked adorable...I loved the table....you did an amazing job putting all the etiquette class together...I just know the little girles loved every bit of the time you spent with them....
Hugs,
Mo :-)

Shelia said...

Oh, Miss Janice! I think this is such a wonderful thing you're doing teaching little girls etiquette. This is so missing today among so many! Aren't they cute! Love your little helper and the precious little name tags. You're really good at this. Am I surprised? No no Nannette, I'm not. Now look at your darling outfit and those shoes. I love those shoes! I'm sure every tiny little peeper was on your cuteness and they were all coveting those shoes! ;)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Tammy B said...

Those girls are precious. They are lucky to have you as a teacher. Your outfit is adorable. I'll be glad when I shed my black boot and can get out of the house and wear cute outfits and cute shoes again.

nannykim said...

Really fun; I just wish you had posted a pic of yourself in the outfit!

Tardevil said...

I had to come by to tell you that I was in Dillard's today (because I have a dish and Christmas problem), and I saw these salad plates and immediately thought of you. They are preppy green and white salad plates with a monogram. They even had a 'J'. They were so you! Silly me didn't take a camera, but if I go back anytime soon, I'll e-mail you a photo. They are truly delicious - (yes, plates can be delicious) LOL! Hope you're doing well. I've got to go and work on my ark...we're getting drenched!
P.S. The little girls are too cute. Love the dress too.

Brown Eyed Belle said...

I gave you a blog award, Miss Janice! Come on over to my place and check it out! Have a fabulous day! xoxo

The Pink Tutu said...

What a special event for the little ones! Do you have classes for big girls too? :) I would have loved this when I was little. They are just precious!

Angela said...

This post brings back a lot of great memories. My Mother sent me to several of these classes when I was a little girl. I loved getting dressed up and going to them.

Thanks for posting it!

Preppy Pink Crocodile said...

I love it all! I think etiquette is so important to learn while young. Calc has never been handy in my adult life but etiquette is used daily. Not that I think kids should skip math class. But I do think they should have more opportunities for etiquette and cotillion classes.

And I ADORE your shoes!! Hopsy has a similar pair and I have been on the hunt for something like them ever since she blogged about them a year ago.