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Room Service!

It is such a treat to order room service but this table setting would have me in conniptions. Why? The tablecloth is creased! When Mr R and I host our dinner parties you will find me ironing the tablecloth when in place on the table…. I jest you not!

Word of advice: make sure you have a felt or cloth underlay before doing so or your table will suffer the consequences! There are a couple more errors here too but… Continue reading

Yoga Etiquette: Things to practice when you practice!

Ah, Yoga. The most zen of pursuits, but when one wishes to disconnect from the real world for 90 minutes, even the most minor distraction can derail the whole experience. So, how does one make the practice of yoga pleasant for one and all? Here are my top tips:

  • Try and give yourself 15 minutes before class starts. I always think it’s a little ironic to be rushing to yoga – an oxymoron if ever there was one!
  • If you’re… Continue reading

A Question of Cheese!

I don’t know about you but I really look forward to Friday nights! There’s something about that delicious anticipation of a weekend stretched out in front of you as you settle in for the evening with a glass of something perfectly chilled in hand, but what to eat? Well, in my opinion nothing beats a great cheeseboard so with that in mind, I thought I would share with you ‘what’s what and what’s not’ when there’s the question of cheese!… Continue reading

The ultimate Mothers’ Day breakfast – fit for a Queen!

Although my time working at Buckingham Palace didn’t require me to do anything remotely like serving breakfast in bed to The Queen, it did give me the opportunity to observe correctly set trays being carried by the footmen as they scurried past my office to get from one side of the palace to the other.

We might not have quite the ‘Royal’ touch as we conjure up ways to treat our Mums on Mothers’ Day, but there’s no reason not… Continue reading

How to be the perfect dinner guest – and be guaranteed a repeat invitation!

Have you ever been told ‘don’t bring a thing!’ when you have been invited to a dinner party and then spend the week wracking your brains as to what exactly you can bring? Or perhaps the invitation states ‘7.30pm for 8pm’ and you’re not really sure what time you should arrive? Well, worry not! Help is at hand with this step-by-step guide to being the perfect dinner guest.

Accepting the invitation: First things first: it is the guest’s duty to… Continue reading