Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Etiquette and Invitations by Phone

Inexperienced hostesses are often perplexed as to the etiquette in the matter of issuing invitations.


Invitations by Telephone:

The Smarter the Dinner, the Shorter
the Notice Given, Is the Rule Now


Special Cable to The Herald

LONDON, June 2.— Inexperienced hostesses are often perplexed as to the etiquette in the matter of issuing invitations for dinners and balls, especially as there is an idea about that the strict rules formerly in vogue as to the length of time necessary have a dinner relaxed. But the fact is that the point entirely depends on the nature of the invitation and a little also on the social position of the one extending it.

The very smartest dances of all are the most informal as to the invitation, for their object is more to diminish the number of guests asked. Therefore, the whole thing is kept as quiet as possible beforehand.

These ultra-smart invitations are often written only on a visiting card, and are constantly given verbally or by telephone.

Political parties, of course, are always planned out long ahead and so are large formal dinners. But the general rule is the smarter the dinner, the shorter the notice given among persons of the very highest standing, unless the function is a purely formal one. —Los Angeles Herald, 1906


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