A toast to the new year - and where to celebrate

Daelyn Godfrey tosses confetti in the air at last year's New Year's Eve at Noon celebration at the Creative Discovery Museum, 321 Chestnut St. Families can ring in 2018 at the children's museum at 2:18 p.m. today with a visit from Baby New Year and Father Time, crafts, parades, confetti, an apple juice toast and a dance party. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 423-756-2738 or visit www.cdmfun.org.

If you're attending any kind of social gathering to ring in the New Year, chances are someone is going to offer a toast. But just what are the dos and don'ts of toasting?

Etiquette expert Sharon Schweitzer, founder of Access to Culture, offers these toasting tips.

-First toast: In light of their planning, and financing, the host or hostess of the dinner or social party offers the first toast. At an informal dinner party or table of friends, however, a guest can propose the first toast to thank the host for organizing the event or gathering.

-To clink or not: Today it's not necessary. You may choose to clink your glass, or not. Avoid making others uncomfortable by refraining from comments like "I don't clink." Etiquette is about others feeling comfortable in your presence.

-Toast