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Goodwill Home Décor Expert - Merri Cvetan

Merri Cvetan

My weekly column for Amazing Goodwill and my design blog, Design Coach, are about all things design, living a stylish life and entertaining (like setting a great table). I share DIY projects, decorating and design tips, as well as ideas and secrets.

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Mind Your Manners!

Posted by Merri Cvetan on Mar 1, 2017 4:43:44 PM
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Mind your mannersManners are big in my house. Early on my kids learned to say “please and thank-you;” to hold the door for others and proper table manners. Besides having a command of the English language, knowing appropriate etiquette and how to behave in any situation can go a long way when becoming a successful person. (Okay, I’ll get off my high horse!). Seriously, everyone should know which fork to use, not to talk with your mouth full and to place their napkin on their lap while eating.

*Here’s a napkin trivia question for you: If you leave the table temporarily during dinner, what do you do with your napkin? 

If you want the kids to use napkins, make sure they’re accessible. I started with a plain old wood napkin stand from Goodwill for $.99.

I gave it a couple coats of navy paint to cover the wood stain.

Writing a message with a paint brush or makers is an option, but I chose to use glittery decals to spell out “eat.” Now there is no excuse for messy eaters!

*Trivia answer: Place the napkin on your chair if you intend to return to the table and continue eating. When you’re finished, loosely fold it and place it on the table on either side of the plate. Ta-da!

Topics: DIY projects, Merri Cvetan, Goodwill home decor expert Merri Cvetan, napkin holder

  • Mind your manners
    If you want the kids to use napkins, make sure they’re accessible.
  • Mind your manners

    I started with a plain old wood napkin stand from Goodwill for $.99.

  • Mind your manners

    I gave it a couple coats of navy paint to cover the wood stain.

  • Mind your manners

    Writing a message with a paint brush or makers is an option, but I chose to use glittery decals to spell out “eat.” Now there is no excuse for messy eaters!