Greetings and Welcome to our Fall–Winter Issue,

For this issue we gathered some highlights of our upcoming educational workshops and the latest updates on what’s happening in our world. 

We hope you will enjoy this issue and watch for our short and informative future issues. As always, we welcome your feedback and questions.

Etiquette Workshops for
Both Kids & Adults

It’s A Piece of Cake proudly presents
A lively and informative program on "Etiquette" for children ages 5 to 12.

Tuesday, October 14 – November 4, 2008 (4 sessions)
Tuesday,  November 18 – December 16, 2008 (4 sessions)
Time: 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Location: 100 Sir Francis Drake, San Anselmo, CA 94960
Contact: San Anselmo Recreation Department
To enroll for the class please call (415) 258-4640

“ELBOWS OFF THE TABLE” is an activity filled program that produces a significant long-term benefit to motivate children to interact with others positively and handle everyday situations in a caring and courteous manner.
It’s A Piece of Cake proudly presents
Especially designed for nannies and caregivers, a lively and informative seminar on creative ways to teach children how to be polite, kind and honest.

Wednesday, November 5th ,2008 (1 session)
Wednesday, November 19th, 2008 (1 session)
Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008 (1 session)
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: 350 Townsend Street, Suite 316, SF, CA 94107
Contact: Simla Akyol (415) 987-1946
Space is limited. Pre registrations required. 

“LET'S TALK ABOUT ETIQUETTE” seminar gives nannies and caregivers fun tools, exercises, and activites to lead exciting, engaging etiquette training for children.
Interested in booking this programs for your group?
Interested in a different date and location? We’d be happy to customize a program for you. Please contact us. 

Mothers & Daughters Tea Time and Etiquette Events

This is the perfect opportunity for grandmothers, mothers, daughters, and granddaughters to enjoy one another’s company and at the same time learn the etiquette associated with tea time. Here is a trendy way to carve out some meaningful time with family and friends.

Mothers & Daughters Tea Time & Etiquette events include manners for children and contemporary etiquette for adults. Each participant receives illustrated hand outs  which highlight the program.
So whether for a group or your friend's bridal shower or your daughter’s birthday, our Tea & Etiquette Events have something for you.

Each program may be customized to meet your desires.


Shall I Take a Gift or Not?

Nobody likes to show up to any special occasion empty handed. But if there is ever a request for “no gifts please”, then it is never appropriate to bring a gift.

Minor Manners Matter

Look for the good. Instead of pointing out all the things your child does wrong, point out what s/he does right. 
Let your child know that his or her efforts make a real difference

Prepare Your Child for Various Social Encounters With a Little Creativity!

Family dinners are prime time for teaching manners. Creating a “formal” atmosphere, (formal table settings, formal dining attire)  is a way to make manners at dinner more fun. In addition to teaching good manners, it's a beautiful family ritual, and will create wonderful memories.

Fall-Winter 2008

Simla Akyol is the founder of It's a Piece of Cake, Children's Events and Entertainment service in San Francisco. It's a Piece of Cake specializes in custom-designed children’s parties and hosts educational workshops for kids and parents.

Simla Akyol and It's a Piece of Cake has been featured in numerous periodicals such as Real Simple magazine, Child magazine, Marin At Home, Noe Valley Voice, Oakland Tribune,  and  recipient of the Bay Area Parents' Magazine’s “BEST OF THE BEST” award for 2005 and 2006.

You can contact Simla via e-mail at or phone (415) 987-1946.

Best Little Dancer In America Contest

This month's Baby Loves Disco San Francisco will feature their second annual Best Little Dancer in America competition. Two categories (0–3 and 3 & up) will be open to all little dancers with prizes to the top 10 in each category and 1 grand prize winner who will move on to compete nationally. Videos of all winners will be posted on the baby loves disco site for America to decide! it's sponsored by Stride Rite Shoes and the competition will be tough, but everybody wins with lots of prizes, dancing and fun! 
Ruby Skye, 420 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Saturday, Sep 27, 2008
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Fee: $15 for all walking humans. (non-walkers free!)
click here

.................................... Children's Portraits by Maggie Hurley

Maggie Hurley is a local artist who resides in Berkeley with her cat, Miette. She specializes in children’s portraits and can work in just about any medium. She is quite happy to work from a favorite snapshot (which saves your little ones the agony of sitting still) and prefers to work from images that capture personality.
For more information, please contact her via email at or by phone at 415-794-4745. You can see samples of her work at:

Virtual Place Settings
Our simple interactive game is a great teaching tool for kids to set the table properly.

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