The Finishing Program: National Tour

The Finishing Program:
National Tour

Following the success of The Plaza Hotel Finishing Program, Beaumont Etiquette is partnering with Fairmont Hotels & Resorts across the United States to expand the program to several cities: Fairmont Copley Plaza, Boston, Fairmont Grand Del Mar, San Diego, Fairmont San Francisco and Fairmont Dallas.

The Finishing Program will include a selection of Beaumont Etiquette’s signature courses for adults and children. The adult programs will include the two-hour Business & Dining Etiquette or Social & Dining Etiquette course over canapés, champagne or wine, and The Intensive, a four-hour course covering a range of etiquette topics (business etiquette, dining etiquette, social graces and style) and a three-course luncheon. The Children’s Course syllabus includes a lesson on table manners, proper introductions and etiquette in different settings such as at school, on the playground, when traveling, and will include tea sandwiches, lemonade and bite-sized pastries.

Below is a list of cities, topics and dates for The Finishing Program. Click the links below to register for a course:

BOSTON: Social & Dining Etiquette on June 19, 2018 at Fairmont Copley Plaza, Boston SOLD OUT

BOSTON: Business & Dining Etiquette Course on June 20, 2018 at Fairmont Copley Plaza, Boston SOLD OUT

SAN DIEGO: Social & Dining Etiquette on June 25, 2018 at Fairmont Grand Del Mar, San Diego SOLD OUT

SAN FRANCISCO: Business & Dining Etiquette Course on June 26, 2018 at Fairmont San Francisco SOLD OUT

DALLAS: Social & Dining Etiquette Course on September 21, 2018 at Fairmont Dallas

DALLAS: Children’s Etiquette Course on September 22, 2018 at Fairmont Dallas

DALLAS: Teen Etiquette Course on September 22, 2018 at Fairmont Dallas

DALLAS: The Duchess Effect on September 22, 2018 at Fairmont Dallas  You can learn more about the Duchess Effect syllabus, here.

If you have questions about the Plaza Proper Etiquette Evenings series, please email

There is a non-refundable $25 booking fee for each class.

Photograph by Adeline Ramos of You Look Lovely Photography


  • Modern etiquette introduction
  • Elegant meeting & greeting (From learning the perfect handshake to how to present your most polished self)
  • Graceful introductions (Who is introduced first? Men, women, seniors?)
  • How to gain confidence in any situation
  • Expert body language & eye contact tips (Learn to to read it and respond to it)
  • From business casual to black tie – what does it really mean?
  • Polished to perfection: Fashion, style & grooming (VIP Guest Speaker)

  • Posture: Sitting, standing, climbing and descending stairs
  • Getting in and out of cars
  • How to make a powerful entrance
  • Walking (in heels for ladies & poised walking for men)

  • Formal table manners (Western: American, Continental & British)Proper use of cutlery, glassware and napkin
  • Tricky foods (from spaghetti to boned fish)
  • Dining at a restaurant vs a private home
  • How to set a formal dining table
  • Coffee, tea, eating
  • Soup, bread, cheese and dessert etiquette
  • Finger foods: When is it okay not to use cutlery?
  • Conversation at the table
  • Most common dining faux-pas and how to prevent them
  • Excellent service / speaking with service staff
  • How to be the perfect host or guest
  • Tipping
  • Giving the perfect toast
  • Precedence: Who sits where at tables in business/socially?

  • Entertaining and hosting skills, in business and socially
  • Social networking – Steps to get the most out of networking
  • How to be the most charming person in the room
  • Cross cultural etiquette
  • Cocktail party etiquette

  • Body Language: Positive non-verbal communication, how to read it and how to achieve it
  • Email, phone and social media etiquette
  • Eye contact
  • Sophisticated verbiage

  • Modern relationship etiquette: dating/marriage
  • Social etiquette at bridal showers, weddings and beyond
  • Throwing and attending parties
  • Invitations and thank-you cards

  • Top business etiquette faux-pas an how to prevent them
  • Polished professional: How to revamp your image at work
  • Client entertaining
  • Meeting / conference call etiquette
  • Authority when speaking
  • Business conversation – topics to include and those to avoid
  • Corporate networking made easy
  • How to turn an introduction into a solid contact
  • Negotiation tactics you can use in every day life