Proper dinner party Etiquette tips for our high-tech times

When Emily Post wrote her first book, Etiquette, in 1922, she could have hardly imagined the types of dining-related topics we’d be disputing today. Selfies during dinner? Asking the hostess for wi-fi access? What would Ms. Post think of our table manners in the age of technology? Luckily, Lizzie Post, great-great granddaughter of Emily Post, author, and co-president of the Emily Post Institute, has carried on her famous ancestor’s etiquette empire. Lizzie offers a fresh perspective on whether our modern day dinner party habits are acceptable or faux-pax. Here’s how she recommends handling a few of the high-tech situations you’re likely to find yourself in this holiday season: Facebook RSVPS If you get a Facebook party invitation and either forget to respond or don’t see it until the last minute, don’t fret. Lizzie says that sending Facebook invites is definitely more for casual holiday parties anyway, and it’s common for guests to overlook…

Facebook survey reveals how we post about beverages

If you’re going out to a restaurant or bar tonight, there’s a 1 in 3 chance you’ll be posting a picture to social media — and it’s probably going to be food or drink. While it may be creepy that Facebook can anticipate your actions so specifically, it actually makes sense. People want to present the best versions of themselves and show their friends the experiences they’re having. This largely includes nights on the town. In a recent survey, Facebook found that, while out and about, many people will share their opinions of their beverages and tag them #coffee or #craftbeer, inspiring others to go sip for themselves. About 50 percent of the people surveyed said they’ve intentionally gone and tried the drinks that friends and family have shared and tagged online. People have always purchased drinks when they were thirsty, but smart phones are changing the path they take to purchase, making it…