Friday, September 29, 2006

The Perfect Hostess
I’ve been reading ‘The Perfect Hostess’ by Rose Henniker Heaton, written in 1931. It’s very tongue in cheek and so funny. She says things like “It isn’t the menu that matters it’s the men you sit with” There are lots of little poems and it seems you just couldn’t have enough matches in those days. There are menu suggestions for visits from wealthy relatives, American visitors (it’s important to Be British), breakfast in bed for the bright young person and so on.


Anji said...

Just testing

Anonymous said...

I haven't even heard of the book or author. I love the line you quoted, "It isn’t the menu that matters it’s the men you sit with"

I wonder if my local library has a copy.


Anonymous said...

i HAVE A REALLY OLD BOOK WITH MANNERS IN IT, WRITTEN ABOUT 1890 or so. It is a HOOT! I will have to drag it out and post from it.

Anji said...

Cas; Even if you can't find that one there were lots of books written around that period on the subject.

mary lou; I've got a couple written in 1897, one for women one for men. I love them, like you say 'a hoot'!