Caswell House Etiquette Class


Austin Junior Forum is pleased to offer Etiquette Classes for children and youth in central Texas. For Summer 2017 we are offering both an Essential Etiquette class and an Intermediate 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 for the Essential class and 16 students for the Intermediate class and is open to both girls and boys.  

Essential Class:        Tuesdays 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Intermediate Class:   Tuesdays 7:15 - 8:30 pm

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


Essential Etiquette is for students ages 6-13 and meets on Tuesdays, 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

Intermediate Etiquette is for students ages 10-15 who have already successfully completed the Caswell House Etiquette Class (Essential Etiquette) and meets on Tuesdays, 7:15 - 8:30 pm. Topics include:

Social Skills Dining Skills

   Introductions & Conversations
   Posture & Body Language
   Personal Grooming & Fashion
   Fitness & Sportsmanship
   Dealing with Difficult People & Situations
   Tech Etiquette & Online Safety
   Handwriting & Thank-you Notes
   Public Speaking

   Menu Planning & Hosting
   Setting a Proper Table
   Seating Yourself & Others
   Correct Use of Dining Utensils & Napkins
   Shared Items at the Dinner Table
   Dining Styles (American & Continental)
   Buffet & Cocktail Dining
   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 Tuesday 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