19th Nov 2009
Thursday // 7pm // 4 years ago
A Princess or Prince needs to know proper decorum. The easiest place to start the practice is simple things, helping when someone seems to be struggling with a large item, opening doors for people, using words such as ‘please’ and ‘thank you’. With food and family related holidays coming up, I think brushing up on some proper etiquette is needed. Being dressed as royalty simply isn’t enough, and maybe some have someone to impress? Here in the palace, I am preparing for sharing Thanksgiving with the Prince’s family.
I like to try and pay attention to how I eat. Small bites, chewing properly, and sitting up straight. Some may find the rules a bit restrictive but you can at least take comfort in the fact that in America it’s okay to place your elbows on the table when there is no food. It’s just difficult for others to eat when you are at larger gatherings when you take up space with your arms.
Personal experience has taught me that the ability to handle social situations well during generally stressful times can be rather important. You manage to cause less trouble and can help smooth over things for someone else. Simple gestures like offering to set a table or carry food over shows you are considerate and useful. Entertaining children is also a kind thing to do as it keeps them from being underfoot while others prepare things. If I am invited to a gathering for winter holidays where small children will be, I like to go to the dollar store and get things like a cheap pack of construction paper and some crayons or a very large colouring book. Sometimes you get lucky and can find one with perforated edges so you can tear out pages making it easier to pass them out to little ones.
Always ask if you should bring something. Out of fear of stepping on someone’s toes, I like to make sure I bring something I know no one else is in charge of. Even a simple plate of sugar cookies is nice (a personal favourite to make because there’s a lower chance of allergens).
Here are some helpful links to get you ready for your holiday get togethers.
- The Emily Post Institute The institute was started in 1946 by Etiquette Writer Emily Post and has been run by 3 generations of family so far, this is the essential guide to all forms of civility.
- Debrett’s Everyday Etiquette Guide A beautifully organised list of items that covers everything from how to pronounce some surnames, to handling almost every social occasion. I enjoy the everyday etiquette section as I’ve found it useful more times than I could count.
- Defining Etiquette is a place that I always get a laugh or two from. They take modern day complaints and convert them to rules for living civilly in a modern world.
- Etiquette Hell Yet another hilarious place where people may submit stories involving failure at manners. Hasn’t been updated in some time, but there’s more than enough content to keep you busy for ages!
18th Nov 2009
Wednesday // 12am // 4 years ago
Domestic craft is an ever important skill for a Princess. I find it to be a charming appearance; a girl dressed in her most princess outfit, sitting peacefully while working. I personally choose knitting, I enjoy the feminine appearance and how useful it can be. Here are a few favorite project ideas fit for any Princess.
- Dom Klary is a Polish site that supplies a bit of helpful English to help you navigate, as well as patterns in English. It’s home to many beautiful fibre projects. My personal favourite are the gloves.
- Midnight Knitter supplies a lovely crochet pattern for a crown that also makes a lovely necklace.
- At Elann they have a felted birdhouse purse! It’s the cutest thing I’ve seen in quite some time and I think it’s suitable for any Faery Princess!
- Knitty has all sorts of awesome projects that can be useful to any type of Prince or Princess, but my favourite from them are the knitted drawers called Unmentionables I can see spending time in the bed chambers with my Prince while lounging in them with a cute lace cami. They also have the pattern sized for little girls! Makes me wish I had a daughter.