Elegant Hostess

The Art of Being a Lady
Elegant Hostess. Finishing School for ladies. The art of being a lady. Luxury Academy

Being female is a matter of birth, being a woman is a matter of age, but being a lady is a matter of choice

When one thinks of the word “lady” immediately the image of Audrey Hepburn appears. She’s sophisticated, charming, and refined.

Our idea of being a lady is the total opposite of today’s pop culture female icon that appears on reality television or lives out her life in the gossip pages of tabloid newspapers.

It sometimes seems that being a lady is no longer fashionable. It is deemed as more attractive to be in the spotlight at whatever cost then to mind your manners; therefore, the lady is at risk of becoming extinct. The days of Jackie Onassis are over.

Thankfully the lady is not extinct, but how do we define being a lady? A lady is someone who carries herself with class, elegance, and respect for herself and others. Forget white gloves and pill-box hat, the modern lady of today is also self-confident, ambitious and perfectly in control of every situation.

To appreciate the art of being a lady, we need to stop reinforcing the thought that being a lady means being less of an independent woman. We need to remove the mindset that to succeed in business and in life, we need to act like “one of the boys”, we do not.

Being a lady is about making everyone around you feel at ease, it is about being gracious when needed and knowing the rules of behaviour on every occasion. Being a lady, is knowing how to give others confidence in themselves and when you need to take the lead to smooth over an awkward moment.

Course Curriculum

Art of Social Behaviour

  • History of Manners
  • Social etiquette and protocol
  • International Social Customs
  • Greetings and Introductions,
  • Forms of Address
  • Business Customs of different cultures

Art of Entertaining

  • Invitation Etiquette
  • RVSP Etiquette
  • Dress Code Etiquette
  • Decor & Theme
  • Seating Plans

Art of Conversation

  • Creating Conversation
  • Managing Conversation Flow
  • Dealing with Silences
  • Overcoming Shyness
  • Managing Reluctant Guests

Art of the Table

  • Correct Table Set-up
  • Different Service Styles
  • Silverware & Stemware
  • Table Centrepieces
  • Dining Etiquette
  • Dining Etiquette Faux Pas

Art of Elegance

  • Wardrobe Management
  • Choosing Jewellery
  • Image Management
  • Make-up & Perfume
  • Poise & Deportment
  • Self-Confidence

Art of Diplomacy

  • Understanding Diplomacy
  • Defusing Uncomfortable Situations
  • Calming Ruffled Feathers
  • Dealing with Rivalry