Charm, Character & Etiquette Classes
for Young Ladies

Its our passion to see girls develop beauty and strength that comes from within.

Poise, Grace and Charm.

Character Development and Inner Beauty.

Manners and Etiquette.

What is Princess by Design?

We are pleased to introduce you to Princess by Design, an etiquette class for girls. Princess by Design is a participatory class designed to instruct girls in manners, charm and character development.

Our program consists of a series of classes, workshops and individual sessions based on timeless Christian principles with a focus on proper etiquette and high moral values. Classes are taught in a fun and energetic way and not only teach proper techniques of manners, but answer the "why" behind the etiquette rules.

Princess by Design is focused on giving girls the necessary skills and personal strength to develop a life of character, integrity and inner beauty.

We believe each girl is purposed to be a princess by a Divine design, not ordinary but extraordinary. This program sets a foundation for girls to understand their worth as a "daughter of the King" and the courage and confidence that comes with that knowledge. In this program, girls will learn to develop a beauty that comes from within. Practical principles are applied refining girls into well mannered young ladies of character, poise and charm.

"Manners are the outward expression of our inward character shining through."

 We are committed to a personal, effective learning experience and wish to limit classes to 20 or less adding additional sessions as needed.

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Classes Offered

Princess by Design (Full Program)

Princess by Design is a participatory class designed to instruct girls in manners, charm and character development. This program can be taught as a series of classes, a one day workshop or as individual sessions. Classes are adapted to meet the age of the girls participating. Customized Life Coaching classes are also available for all ages. Topics include interview skills, business etiquette, formal dining, and much more. Princess by Design is focused on giving girls the necessary skills and personal strength to develop a life of character, integrity, inner beauty and purpose. Class sizes are kept small in order to insure individual attention. Customized classes are also available upon request to meet your individual needs. Please contact us for further information.

The Princess By Design Program is divided into two-hour sessions: First Impressions, Social Graces, Beauty from the Inside Out and Dining Etiquette. This program focuses on giving young ladies the necessary skills and personal strength to develop a life of character, integrity and purpose. Practical principles are applied refining girls into well mannered young ladies of character, poise and charm.

Polite as a Princess

This class teaches the art of being a princess as seen from a Biblical perspective. Your little girl will be taught that true beauty comes from within while learning the basics in poise, social graces and table manners. This class is sure to be a memorable one!

First Impressions - Being a True Princess

Living as a Daughter of the King ~ Importance of Manners and Etiquette ~ Becoming EXTRAordinary ~ Developing Character Qualities ~ Embracing Your Uniqueness ~ Confidence ~ Good First Impression Techniques ~ Eye Contact ~ Proper Handshakes ~ Introducing Yourself and Others ~ Speaking Clearly and Confidently ~ Remembering Names ~ Poise and Posture ~ Walking with Grace and Confidence ~ Body Language ~ The Art of Conversation ~ Proper Sitting Positions ~ Positive Attitudes ~ Treating Others with Respect and Kindness

Social Graces

Home Manners ~ Public Manners ~ Communication Skills ~ Making Friends and Being a Good Friend~ Overcoming Social Fears ~ Entering and Exiting Conversations ~ Negative/Positive speech ~ Gossip/Slang ~ Telephone Etiquette ~ "Netiquette" ~ Facebook Safety ~ Email Etiquette ~ Being a Good Guest ~ Thanking Your Host ~ Party Etiquette ~ R.S.V.P.'s ~ Being a Good Host ~ Movie and Theater Etiquette ~ Restaurant Manners ~ Giving and Receiving Gifts ~ Being Thankful ~ Accepting Compliments Graciously ~ Travel Manners

Dining Etiquette

Basic Table Manners ~ Setting the Table ~ Informal and Formal Place Settings ~ Silverware Placement ~ Handling Utensils (American and Continental Style) ~ Passing Items Around the Table ~ Difficult Foods ~ Chopsticks ~ Proper Way to Butter and Eat Bread ~ Finger Bowls ~ Napkin Placement ~ How to be Seated at the Table ~ Posture at the Table ~ Appropriate Dinner Conversation Topics ~ Staying Poised and Managing Awkward Situations ~ Interacting with Servers ~ Being a Good Guest and Host ~ Excusing Yourself from the Table ~ Invitations ~ Thank You Notes ~ Toasting ~ Tea Etiquette

Beauty from the Inside Out

Body Image ~ Modesty ~ Makeup ~ Finding Your Unique Beauty ~ Grooming ~ Beautiful Hair and Nails ~ Skin Care ~ Fitness and Nutrition ~ Qualities of Inner Beauty  ~ Our Identity ~The Art of Being a Lady ~ Developing Good Habits ~ Public Speaking ~ Walking Techniques ~ Finding Your Best Colors ~ Being the Best YOU

Life Coaching

Interview Skills ~ Business Etiquette ~ Setting Goals ~ Finding Your Purpose ~ Public Speaking ~ Formal Dining Etiquette ~ Presentation Skills ~ Dressing for Success ~ Email Etiquette ~ Making an Entrance ~ Starting and Maintaining Conversations ~ Making Lasting Impressions

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About The Director

Christie Alvarado

Christie Alvarado has a passion for helping girls realize their true beauty and value. Christie is uniquely qualified for her role with a degree in Child Development and Adolescent Studies from California State University, Fullerton and over 10 years experience as an instructor for a prominent cotillion teaching etiquette and ballroom dancing to kids of all ages. She has been on staff with Hume Lake Christian Camps as a  Day Camp leader and Girls Counselor for Hume San Diego, Hume Hawaii and Hume Thailand along with her husband John Alvarado, who challenges youth with his dynamic speaking style.  

Christie has been around the world as an actress, a model, a performer and as a beauty queen and has held the titles of Miss California Teen All American, Miss Orange County USA, Miss Model of the USA and represented the United States for an international pageant in South America as Miss US. As a performer for Disneyland, she has lived the unique dream of being a classic fairytale princess. While working as a performer for Tokyo Disneyland in Japan, Christie lead a girls Bible study teaching series on the "Qualities of Inner Beauty".

Along with her husband John Alvarado, Christie is committed to teaching the values of character, inner beauty and a Christ-centered life. Her desire in life is to serve God and spread the message to young women about their unique design and purpose as daughters of the King.

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