Saturday, April 9, 2016

Etiquette's Fashionable Customs

Have you heard? In America, to "be English" is undoubtedly the social fashion of the present!
Etiquette — The 
Customs Now in Fashion

A Bit of Anglomania

To "be English" is undoubtedly the social fashion of the present, but, as a critic of this species of affectation remarks: "American women do not, unfortunately, seem to catch the best spirit of anglicism, but, like parrots and children, pick up that objectionable slang which seems the perquisite of the fast London set, and of which that circle should be left in undisturbed possession. To hear such words from a pretty mouth as 'I feel awfully seedy,' 'It's beastly hot,' or 'Don't tell me such rot,' is shocking to those who are not accustomed to such speech." 

Favorite Ways in Which Bridesmaids Test Their Destiny

A plain round cake for the bridal party alone, takes the place nowadays of the remarkable structure once thought necessary and known as the bridal cake. Tbe bride cuts it, and somewhere in it is the pretty ring which is to bring luck to one of the bridesmaids. A newer and approved fashion of foretelling their matrimonial fortune is to pass around to the maids on a silver salver, a number of tiny white cakes, one of which contains the magic ring. 

Another new fancy is to have the bride's bouquet formed of as many separate clusters as there are bridesmaids. Just before she leaves the room, after the reception, for the purpose of donning her traveling costume, the bride divides the bouquet, tossing a bunch to each bridesmaid, and the maid who catches the first, is supposed to marry within the year. 

It is more than ever the fashion to send out cards by mail announcing a baby's birth. These consist of a little card on which is engraved the infant's name, with the date of birth just underneath, and the mother's card inclosed in the same envelope.

Formal Luncheons and Breakfasts

"At luncheons, walking or carriage costumes are worn and bonnets may be retained; the gloves are removed at the table," says The Housekeeper. "Ladies should arrive twenty or thirty minutes before the hour named for luncheon, and it is polite to take leave fifteen minutes after leaving the dining room. 

An invitation to a ceremonious luncheon requires as prompt attention as one to a dinner, and whether accepted or not, a call must be made within a week, or upon the first reception day of the hostess. 

Invitations to a breakfast require an immediate acknowledgment and a call within ten days after the entertainment. After returning to the drawing room, guests depart within half an hour." — Los Angeles Herald, 1891

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