Tiffany's Table Manners

Ok, so Jack is growing up fast but he isn't quite a teenager yet.  Nevertheless, between at home stand-up comedy routines and renditions of 'You Are My Sunshine,' I've been reading to him from whatever is in reach.  You know: Good Night Moon.  Vanity Fair. The other day I grabbed for Tiffany's Table Manners for Teenagers, which is a truly darling handbook for the fledgling adult replete with hand drawn illustrations and advice like:

"Remember that a dinner party is not a funeral nor has your hostess invited you because she thinks you are in dire need of food.  You're there to be entertaining.  Be gay.  Do your part.  Don't be a gloom."

The book was originally published in 1961 and has since gone out of print.  But there are plenty of like-new copies available in the second hand market.  I think it would make for a marvelous Bat or Bar Mitzvah present (along with a matching blue box).

Never too young to get 'em started.


PS - For thoughts on how to get your little darling to set the table, check out this post on one of my favorite new blogs, Darling's Pixie Dust