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Edible Etiquette 

- for grades 5 and 6

Edible Etiquette is our new program for middle grades with a focus on dining skills, and with plenty of time to practice respect, personal responsibility and excellent manners. The program consists of a series of four sessions, each one hour in length. While our traditional Cotillion and Supper Club programs include partners and dancing, our new Manners Series allows our young members to practice in a smaller groups in a setting that allows for physical distancing as necessary.


As you can see from the description, each session of Edible Etiquette is based upon a particular theme which will help the children to build confidence in navigating social situations from casual dinners at home to restaurants to more formal celebratory events. At this age, children begin to take more notice of how their behavior affects those around them and they want to know what is expected so that they can avoid mistakes and embarrassments. The skills practiced at Edible Etiquette will help empower them rise to a variety of occasions, and leave an excellent impression behind.


Proper table manners will be part of each session allowing children to practice good posture, proper use of utensils and group conversation, all under the watchful eyes of our expert instructors. The final session will include a three course dinner for more in-depth dining skills practice. Each session will include fun activities, role playing, games and prizes to make both learning and practicing fun for everyone!

Membership Request

Please complete the following information

for the 2021 Manners Series.


If you are unsure, please contact your volunteer chairperson or the Cotillion Office for assistance.

Child's Information

Sibling Information

Please list siblings below if not already Cotillion members.

To request membership in Edible Etiquette for your 5th or 6th Grader, simply fill out the form below. Your child will then be placed in the queue for membership in your chosen chapter. The membership fee is $350. No fees are due until your child's place has been confirmed by your volunteer chairperson. An invoice will then be sent with further details. To continue, please complete the Membership Request form.

Edible Etiquette

For Grades 5 & 6

One Hour Program

At Home & In Homes of Others

Setting the Table - the wheres and whys of utensils, plates and glassware

Seating - Napkins - Passing - Seconds 

Table Conversation - topics to choose and to avoid

Being a good Guest or Host - Helping put people at ease - Being helpful

The importance of Attitude and making a Great Impression

Family Manners

- Dessert Served -


Parties and Receptions

Invitations, RSVPs, Gifts and Thank yous

Customs and protocols - weddings and other ceremonial events

Staying in control - not upstaging the Guest of Honor

Dress Codes and Attire decisions

Phones & photos - being distracted, distracting others,

permission and posting

Making a Toast

- Dessert Served -



Role of host and guests at a restaurant

How to interact politely with waiters

Awkward foods & finger bowls

Responsibility to table mates and other diners

Awkward situations and how to smooth them

The bill and the tip

- Dessert Served -


Putting It All Together

Three Course Dinner - putting it all into practice!

Other programs in Manners Series:

Simply Social for 3rd & 4th Grades

Modern Manners for 7th & 8th Grades

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