Caswell House Etiquette Class


Austin Junior Forum is pleased to offer Etiquette Classes for children and youth in central Texas. For Summer 2018 we are offering two sessions of the Essential Etiquette class. Our etiquette instructor is Ms. Shalyn Bridges, certified by the American School of Protocol.

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Class Description:

The Caswell House Etiquette Class is a six-week program, beginning in mid-June and ending in July. Enrollment is limited to 12 students per class and is open to both girls and boys.  

Essential Class (ages 6-10):        Wednesdays 6:00 - 7:00 pm SOLD OUT
Essential Class (ages 10-13):     Wednesdays 7:15 - 8:30 pm SOLD OUT

Dates: June 13, 20, 27, July 11, 18, and 25


Essential Etiquette is for students ages 6-13 and meets on Wednesdays, 6:00 - 7:00 pm.  This is the program the Caswell House has offered for the past several years.  Topics include:

Social Skills Dining Skills

   Introducing Yourself & Others
   Posture & Body Language
   Conversation Skills
   Dealing with Difficult People & Situations
   Safety Skills
   Telephone Etiquette
   Thank-you Notes
   Public Speaking

   Setting a Proper Table
   Seating Yourself & Others
   Correct Use of Dining Utensils
   Correct Use of Napkins
   Shared Items at the Dinner Table
   Dining Styles (American & Continental)
   Coursed Meals

All classes will be held at The Caswell House, 1404 West Avenue at 15th Street. Attendance is required at all lessons for a student to receive a certificate of completion at the final lesson.

Parents are expected to drop-off and pick-up their students on time. 

Students should dress casually for Lessons 1-5.  For Lesson 6, students should wear dressy attire: girls should wear dresses or suits, and boys should wear coat and tie.  Lesson 6 will combine both Wednesday sessions into one formal dinner event from 6:30 - 8:30 pm.

Some food will be provided at each lesson.  In most cases, it will be just enough food to practice specific dining skills, not a full meal.  If your student has any allergies or dietary restrictions, please let us know at the time of enrollment.

If you have questions about this program, please contact us.

There is a registration fee for attending the class. Proceeds benefit the preservation projects of the Caswell House, which is a city, state, and national historic landmark. The Caswell House Etiquette Class is staffed by Austin Junior Forum volunteers, and all instructors are donating their time and expertise.

Daniel H. Caswell House

1404 West Avenue (at 15th Street)
Austin, Texas 78701
Phone: (512) 472-0779
Fax: (512) 472-9988
Contact Us

Office Hours (unless booked for an event):

Monday-Friday: 11:30am-1:30pm

Saturday: By Appointment 

We are closed on the Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Holidays.

Other times by appointment: staffer@caswellhouse.org