Attending Events

Tailgating with Class and Style!

Football season is officially underway and that means it is prime time for one of my favorite past times! As a BIG fan of college football (Go Terps! ūüźĘ), it is one of the many reasons why Fall is my favorite season! As if the game itself is not enough to get you excited, throwing… Continue reading Tailgating with Class and Style!

Attending Events, Dating, Wedding Etiquette

The Plus One

It's official, your friend/family member/colleague is getting married and you know you are getting an invitation! Inevitably, you begin to wonder, "Will I get a plus one? Who should I bring?" After all, weddings are fun and who does not want to have a date to bring out on the dance floor? It is definitely… Continue reading The Plus One

Attending Events, Wedding Etiquette

Wedding Guest Etiquette: Variations of Black Tie

With wedding season upon us, so many of you are receiving invitations and preparing to attend beautiful ceremonies! As the excitement leading up to the big day rises, you suddenly realize you need to plan your outfit. Then, it hits you... "Black Tie," "Black Tie Preferred/Requested," or "Black Tie Optional" are possibilities for the attire.… Continue reading Wedding Guest Etiquette: Variations of Black Tie

Attending Events, Military Functions

Formal Etiquette: Time to Get Gala Ready!

Today, I am taking a bit of "writer's freedom" and subscribing to the #ThrowbackThursday movement. At work, we are preparing for Project Cinderella¬†(click to read about last year's program)! With everything from a protocol and etiquette seminar to a dress boutique, this is a wonderful program which helps female military spouses and female service members… Continue reading Formal Etiquette: Time to Get Gala Ready!

Attending Events, Military Functions

Summer Transitions: Military Ceremonies Edition

The summer is typically a very active time in the military community. Many service members are changing duty stations (Permanent Change of Station or "PCSing") and it is also a very common time for Change of Commands to take place. This year, the summer is a very exciting time for my family - Next week,… Continue reading Summer Transitions: Military Ceremonies Edition

A Gracious Guest, Attending Events, Holiday Celebrations!

Going to the Theater!

I recently had the pleasure of attending the USO-Metro and Gary Sinise Foundation 2014 Holiday Concert for the Troops. The night was wonderful and the performances were truly amazing! With the Holiday Season upon us, I realized many people will be attending holiday concerts, plays, and musicals. The theater is traditionally known as a place… Continue reading Going to the Theater!

A Gracious Guest, Attending Events, Military Functions

Attending a Military Ball or Formal!

A couple weeks ago, I wrote "You Got Invited to¬†a Military¬†Ball!" Well, the time is here! In honor of the Marine Corps Birthday and Veterans Day next week, I am sharing my tips for attending a military formal. Now that you have done all the prep work to get ready, it is time to attend… Continue reading Attending a Military Ball or Formal!

A Gracious Guest, Attending Events, Military Functions

You Got Invited to a Military Ball!

It's one of my favorite times of the¬†year... Military Ball season! Between growing up in a military family and working in the field of event coordination and protocol for the military, I have had the pleasure of attending several military events. One of my favorite formals is the traditional "Birthday Ball" for¬†the¬†services in the Fall.… Continue reading You Got Invited to a Military Ball!