Monday, February 4, 2019

Etiquette from “The Housekeeper”

“An invitation to a ceremonious luncheon requires as prompt attention as one to a dinner, ...” – The Housekeeper was one of the numerous Victorian era magazines, which a woman could read for up and coming fashion trends, etiquette, recipes, keeping a home and more.  

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

Etiquette Enthusiast, Maura J Graber, is the Site Editor for the Etiquipedia© Etiquette Encyclopedia

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