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DINING AND ACCESSORIES

DINING AND ACCESSORIES

Here’s a subject that books are written on! We won’t go that far, though, but want to get you started in the many resources, ideas, and samples of items that are available.

We will post the items that we find on our travels here, as well as, banner links for you to click on to go to the merchants’ websites. The merchants have a wealth of ideas and tips for you to add to your idea book. Some of our dining room accessories are shown here. They are subject to change as I find more things to go with what we have.

Accessories for dining not only include tableware but they encompass the linens, floral arrangements, lighting, and the atmosphere! Then the food is the main attraction at the dinners so recipes need to be found and used to entertain the guests. I am not claiming to be an expert in this area as I am always learning myself but I hope to pique your interest in the whole experience of dining.

 After that, you can go off and write a few  books on this subject for me to read...

HERE’S A SMALL SCRAPBOOK OF SOME OF OUR DINING ACCESSORIES

HOSPITALITY

Around here are many pineapple objects! Pineapples are the old symbol for hospitality. The Historical Societies in various areas use the symbol. In Newport, Rhode Island the have it everywhere. Williamsburg, VA has the pineapple on objects in their catalog and stores.

Why the pineapple? The story goes that in colonial times, when sea captains returned from their journeys, pineapples where put at the entrances to homes. It was and is the symbol of hospitality and welcome.

To this end, we have concrete pineapples outside on the front walk to our door, various pictures and objects indoors, and some pineapple jewelry. The point is that welcoming our guests and visitors requires hospitality and dining is a part of this. WHEW!

DINING ETIQUETTE

I have an old book by Emily Post from 1945. It is her revised book on Etiquette and includes the service men and women for the first time. [Her original book came out in 1922.] My interest in the dining etiquette is what led me to purchase this book from an antique shop.

When we have big dinners here, my parents say the food is passed to the right around the table from the hostess’s seat on the end. When I looked up formal dinners in this 1945 edition, I really got confused! This is too complicated for me! [Refer to pictures on the right.]

I went online to Emily Post’s website and ordered the NEW Emily Post’s Etiquette, which is the 17th Edition and completely revised and updated by Peggy Post! [I also ordered the book by Peter Post, The Emily Post Institute, Emily Post, Essential Manners for Men. ]

The new edition has thumb indices and is great! Looking in the index under," Formal Dining, serving, p.386, 454-55”, I found the information for today’s formal dinner  and an informal dinner, which is more for our family.

On Page 386, it says,” Which way is food passed around the table when it is first served? Tradition says to pass counterclockwise (to the right)-but the point is for the food to be moving in only one direction.” AH! So my parents were right….

The place settings pictured can be seen on Emily Post’s website. (POST 2004: 385) There is also an answer to the question," Which fork do I use first?” I am NOT giving you the answer here! You’ll need to go to Emily Post’s website for that.

Better yet, do buy this book as there are thumb indices for CHILDREN AND TEENS, RELATIONSHIPS, and other handy topics which you can use to access information all of the time! The book is highly appropriate for today in the new millennium and highly recommended.

www.emilypost.com

Emily Post’s 1945 edition of Etiquette, The Blue Book of Social Usage

Emily Post’s 1945 edition of Etiquette, The Blue Book of Social Usage, showing the FORMAL dinner serving in the diagram (POST 1945: 340-341)

ASIDES: What is the TRUE MEANING OF ETIQUETTE?

Emily Post answers this question in the 1945 edition of Etiquette. (POST 1945: 1-3)Here she gives the reason for etiquette. It is NOT to make a person stuck-up, but to improve the relations with each other in all phases of our lives. From church to home to public encounters with others, we need some “rules” or manners or etiquette that we all can follow for orderly living.

As my father, who was born in 1922, always said, “Good manners never go out of style.”

Can you just imagine if everyone had good manners how the world would be? This is Emily Post’s idea and the current thought behind the Emily Post Institute, Inc.!

Bibliography

Post, Emily. Emily Post’s Etiquette. New York: Funk and Wagnall's Co., 1945

Post, Peggy. Emily Post’s Etiquette-17th ed./Peggy Post. New York: Harper Collins Publishers, Inc., 2004

Post, Peter. Essential Manners for Men: what to do, when to do it, and why/Peter Post-1st ed. New York: Harper Collins Publishers, Inc., 2003

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