What Manners Most
There may be nothing so regrettable as an invitation that ends with the words regrets only. I cringe anytime I receive a party notification with that instruction. The concept of “don’t call to say you’re coming…just call if you’re not coming” is, quite frankly, a recipe for party disaster.
Thomas P. Farley is a manners expert, author and consultant who has been interviewed on matters of etiquette by the New York Times, USA Today, CNN, ABC, NBC and CBS, as well as on radio stations across the country. As the overseer of Town & Country’s “Social Graces” column from 2000 to 2008, he helped that magazine’s readers grapple with topics as disparate as “Elevator Etiquette” and “Horrible Things People Do in Public.”