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Vintage articles on hosting a formal dinner party, from the 1920's. Quaint advice from a more gracious time.

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  • A Formal Dinner Party Menu
    on Jan 13, 2013 in Courses
    From Emily Post, 1922It may be due to the war period, which accustomed everyone to going with very little meat and to marked reduction in all food, or it may be, of course, merely vanity that is causing even grandparents to aspire to svelte figures,...
  • On the Importance of Dinner Engagements
    on Jan 9, 2012 in Etiquette
    Dinner invitations must be answered immediately; engraved or written ones by return post, or those which were telephoned, by telephone and at once! Also, nothing but serious illness or death or an utterly unavoidable accident can excuse the breaking...
  • How A Dinner List Is Kept
    on Sep 21, 2011 in Planning Etiquette
    Nearly every hostess keeps a dinner list—apart from her general visiting list—of people with whom she is accustomed to dine, or to invite to dinner or other small entertainments. But the prominent hostess, if she has grown daughters and continual...
  • Taste in Selecting Your Dinner Guests
    on Feb 16, 2010 in Planning
    The proper selection of guests is the first essential in all entertaining, and the hostess who has a talent for assembling the right people has a great asset. Taste in house furnishings or in clothes or in selecting a cook, is as nothing compared to...
  • How A Dinner Can Be Bungled
    on Nov 29, 2009 in Planning
    This is the contrasting picture to the dinner at the Worldly's—a picture to show you particularly who are a bride how awful an experiment in dinner giving can be.Let us suppose that you have a quite charming house, and that your wedding presents in...
  • When Dinner Is Announced
    on Nov 13, 2009 in Introduction
    It is the duty of the butler to "count heads" so that he may know when the company has arrived. As soon as he has announced the last person, he notifies the cook. The cook being ready, the butler, having glanced into the dining-room to see that windo...
  • Introductions at Dinner
    on Nov 7, 2009 in Introduction
    The host must always see that every gentleman either knows or is presented to the lady he is to "take in" to dinner, and also, if possible, to the one who is to sit at the other side of him. If the latter introduction is overlooked, people sitting ne...
  • Dress for Dinner
    on Jul 29, 2009 in Etiquette
    For an informal dinner a woman may wear a semi-evening dress of the sort suitable for afternoon while her partner wears the regular dinner jacket. For a formal affair formal decollete dress with the hair arranged somewhat more elaborately than usual...
  • Do Not Experiment For Strangers
    on Jul 27, 2009 in Planning
    Typical dinner-party dishes are invariably the temptation no less than the downfall of ambitious ignorance. Never let an inexperienced cook attempt a new dish for company, no matter how attractive her description of it may sound. Try it yourself, or...
  • Dinner Party: Do Not Experiment For Strangers
    on Jul 27, 2009 in Planning
    Typical dinner-party dishes are invariably the temptation no less than the downfall of ambitious ignorance. Never let an inexperienced cook attempt a new dish for company, no matter how attractive her description of it may sound. Try it yourself, or...
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