June Newsletter                                                   2009


Summer officially arrived last week bringing with it beautiful weather.  Most of us are just getting comfortable with the idea of camp and summer vacations and we are looking forward to a couple of months of rest and relaxation.  At Beverly Hills Manners, we have been hard at work teaching classes, booking speaking engagements, and conducting private instruction.  We just completed our 2nd season of "Manners Camp" and it was a smashing success!  As the holiday weekend approaches, we wanted to share with you a few thoughts on how to navigate these next couple of months gracefully and graciously (see Manners Survival Tips for Summer below) whether you are traveling with family, hosting or attending a summer party or enjoying a nice little staycation at home. 
Additionally, we wanted to introduce to you a couple of new technologies that we find very useful.  Check out ooVoo and thisMoment to see how you can utilize their tools to communicate effectively with family and friends this summer.  There are also a couple of summer promotions from our own Wanda Wen of Soolip and Logan and Blue we thought we'd bring to your attention. 
Finally, we are busy preparing our Fall schedule and have listed several dates below for you to mark on the calendar.  Enrollment information for these programs will be posted on our site next month.  In the meantime, we are available for private instruction for both children and adults.  Please do not hesitate to call to inquire about our rates and various offerings.
Have a safe and happy 4th of July!
Very best, 

Lisa Gaché

treesSave the Dates - Fall Calendar of Classes!
"Let's Dance! Cotillion" - Sept. '09 thru March '10 at the Beverly Hills Women's Club
"The Introductory Course" - Saturday, Sept. 26th at McCormick & Schmick's
"Holiday Manners" - Saturday, Oct. 17th and Nov. 14th at McCormick & Schmick's
"Mitzvah Manners" - Sunday, Oct. 18th at A Cow Jumped Over The Moon
"The Business Lunch" FOR ADULTS - Wednesdays, Sept. 16th, Oct. 28th, Nov. 11th at McCormick's
"Museum Manners" - Saturday, Oct. 3rd at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
"Stand Out Interviews" - Wednesday, Oct. 21st at McCormick & Schmick's
"Leadership Matters" - Saturday, Nov. 7th at McCormick & Schmick's
"Charmed Warriors" TEEN GIRLS ONLY - Saturday, Oct. 24th at McCormick & Schmick's
*Special event with Social Primer at Brooks Brothers in Beverly Hills - EXACT DATE TBD 

Lets Dance Cotillion"Let's Dance" Cotillion - Beginning Sept. '09!
"Dancing with the Stars" meets Cotillion!  Beverly Hills Manners  is proud to present a modernized version of the traditional cotillion aligned to meet the needs and desires of children today.   For children entering grades 3 thru 7.  The six (6) month program will take place at the Beverly Hills Women's Club beginning this Fall 2009 and ending in Spring 2010.  Each of the 6 sessions includes 45 minutes of dance instruction and a 45 minute etiquette lesson. Dances such as the Waltz, the Swing, the Tango and the Cha Cha will be explored along with etiquette topics including positive first impressions, the art of introductions, table and dining manners, communication and social skills and party etiquette.  Enroll now and receive a 10X10 custom vinyl name or word provided by Logan & Blue.  Click here to register and receive your free gift!
Stand Out Interviews"Stand Out Interviews" - August 19th 4-6pm
To get into top schools, children must ace the interview.  They should be civilized and even likable.  An awareness of proper etiquette and good manners before the formal interview process begins provides candidates with that extra edge in the increasingly competitive admissions game.  Program highlights include: Interview Preparation, Grooming & Wardrobe Suggestions, Positive First Impressions, Making Introductions (Handshaking & Eye Contact), Listening & Conversation Skills, Preparing List of Pertinent and Intelligent Questions to Ask, Graceful Goodbyes and Thank You Notes.  For children ages 11-14.  Click here to register now!
ooVoo video chat and communication service taps Beverly Hills Manners to provide etiquette tips for proper videoconferencing. 
ooVoo provides a high-quality webcam video chat and communication service that delivers a meaningful way for people to call and connect over the Internet. ooVoo's technology enables people to experience a face-to-face conversation and share a full range of emotions as if they are in the same room together, whether they are across the street or across the globe.  This summer, try this new tool to communicate with friends and relatives from all over the world.
Wanda Wen
Wanda Wen, Founder & CEO of Soolip shared her talents with our "Manners Camp" students last week. 

On July 19-26, she is offering a "Journaling Experience" program for adults at the Cal-a-Vie Health Spa. Wanda will guide participants through a week of self-introspection and journaling and help them to create their own significant journal using the natural, picturesque beauty of Cal-a-Vie, inspired by nature walks and Mother Nature.   For more information or to register for this incredible summer opportunity, please visit www.cal-a-vie.com or call (760) 842-6831.

A friend of Beverly Hills Manners launched an amazing new website this week, called thisMoment. 
thisMoment is part digital scrapbook, part blog, and part photo and video sharing service, and has already received rave reviews both from the Wall Street Journal and influential bloggers. They're saying that thisMoment is more intimate than Facebook, and more meaningful than Twitter. thisMoment provides a place to save and share the moments of our lives.  We'll soon be sharing our special moments from "Manners Camp '09". 
Test it out and share some of your favorite summer "moments" at www.thismoment.com
  Vinyl Image
 Logan and Blue special on all custom vinyl orders for summer.  Enter BHM30 and receive 30% off!

Logan and Blue, famous for its embroidered custom tees has expanded its line to include applique tees, laptop decals, personalized children's plates and CUSTOM VINYL. Custom vinyl is cost effective the hottest thing in decorating today! It's a no mess solution for every household.  Custom vinyl is wonderful for all rooms in your home, events, windows, stores and more. The options of what you can do are endless. Looking for affordable custom party favors? Logan and Blue can do that as well! Check out www.loganandblue.com today.  Email kirsten@loganandblue.com or call (888) 418-4695 to place your order now! 

Manners Survival Tips for Summer   
BBQ Etiquette
Clean your BBQ before guests arrive and make sure BBQ tools are handy and work properly.
Preheat the grill and allow plenty of time to heat so that cooking time is efficient.
Arm your backyard with insect repellent such as citronella candles and an electric bug zapper.
Designate one key grillmaster and then let them do their job.   
Provide cleansing wipes for sticky foods and toothpicks to remove kernels of corn from teeth. 
4th of July & Other Summer Parties  
RSVP within 48 hours of receiving a party invitation as your host will want a head count asap.
Arrive with a small gift such as a homemade dessert or decorative item for the home.
Wear appropriate swimsuits and coverups especially if young children are around. 
Be well-prepared and bring your own sunscreen, towels, toys for the kids, snacks, etc.
Pace yourself on the festive drinks, especially if you are the designated driver.
Refrain from lighting firecrackers in front of small children.  They are dangerous. 
WATCH your own children!!!  Do not rely on others to ensure their safety. 
Ask if there are any special food requests or dietary restrictions before guests arrive.
Store lots of fresh fruit, vegies and snacky foods for quick, easy bites. 
Make sure accommodations are well-stocked with room essentials and clean linens.
Upon arrival it is especially important to make your guests feel welcome and comfortable.
Arrange fun activities for parents and children alike.
Plan one special evening in for a big celebratory BBQ with all the trimmings.
Organize one special evening out with the gang to a local restaurant.
Make sure to bring a gift of appreciation and thanks upon arrival.
Offer to contribute to the purchase of groceries throughout your stay. 
Keep your belongings neat and tidy and make your beds each morning. 
Adjust to your hosts schedule.  If they rise early, so do you! 
Do not make plans with other friends while you are a guest in someone's home.
Treat your host to a special night out for dinner. 
Do not overstay your welcome.  It is always best to leave on a high note.  
Send a thank you note with photos to convey your most sincere thanks for a wonderful time.
Commit to specific dates for your staycation and request vacation time off from work.
Treat family members with equal respect and patience as if you were on a traveling vacation.
Refrain from using electronic communications and give your family your full attention.
Schedule different activities for each day such as a hike, a beach day, a day at the museum.
Plan dinners out and use it as an opportunity to display your finest table manners.
Don't forget to take plenty of pictures of all the fun things you did. 

Beverly Hills Manners™
310.276.9078 phone / 310.276.9088 fax
310.467.1211 cell