|Love a creatively wrapped gift!|
When you're invited to an event in someone's quarters bringing a small hostess gift is a thoughtful gesture. Bring something appropriate for the time of day and event. Sometimes the invitation will read, "No Hostess Gifts", this request should always be respected.
There are formal protocol events that are held in the home of general officers which do not require you bring hostess gifts. You can check with your local protocol office for guidance.
A note about coffee groups, the commander's spouse should always bring a gift to the hostess on behalf of the entire coffee group.
|Chandelier and clocks hanging in La Bella Luce, one of my favorite stores and future blogs!|
Do arrive ON TIME or within 15 minutes of the designated time. If you're going to be too much later, especially if there is a dinner involved, please call and let your hostess know you're running late. Don't email and don't text at the last minute.
You must be ON TIME, never late, to an event that has a designated time block as you are only allotted a certain amount of time for the visit. Watch your time and say your good-byes according to the time on your invitation.
|Army wives coffee, circa 1960, back in the day when your husband could be reprimanded for your lack of decorum. I'm glad those days are behind us. (My lovely mother-in-law in standing in the dark dress!)|
When it comes to military functions, I believe in leading by example. But the bottom line is, as seasoned spouses, we can't make other spouses wear what we think is appropriate. What you wear shows your respect, or LACK of respect, for the military uniform that your spouse wears. He or she wears that uniform proudly and your dress should compliment your spouse and reflect their commitment to their unit, service, and our country. Remember, no matter who you are someone is watching you. You are always an example for someone...so be a good one in your actions and appearance.
|A timeless quote from a Facebook posting by my beautiful and fashionable friend, Gaby.|
If you RSVP "yes" for a paying event and then find out you can't make it YOU ARE STILL RESPONSIBLE FOR PAYING unless you've made appropriate arrangements with the sponsor of the event. This goes for formals, welcomes, farewells, ect.
If you don't remember anything else about protocol, please, at least remember to RSVP…and don't arrive early!
|If you'd like more tips on protocol and military etiquette, I highly recommend the online document "Basics From the Barracks" written by the spouses of the Army War College class of 2010-2011.|
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