Want to learn how to arrange a tea party and supper? This DVD shows you everything you need to know from the days when throwing a tea party was quite the popular thing to do! There are three digitized film reels on this DVD. One film deals with arranging the tea table; one film deals with arranging the supper; one film deals with all the general aspects of throwing the tea party. Don?t miss out on this great etiquette collector?s item!
Arranging a Buffet Supper
Length: 6 Minutes
Arranging a Buffet Supper is a straightforward, step by step 1940s film on how a traditional American housewife can prepare a sumptuous meal for a large number of guests. As the film will tell the viewer, hosting a buffet supper for friends is not an easy feat, and a task that requires a great deal of organization. A dinner party begins with the invitation of guests, which can be made by telephone. Then the décor must be considered. A clean linen tablecloth is needed for the table and a small dish of fruit will make a good centerpiece. Some less common sense rules are also revealed. For instance, if candles are not to be the main lighting in the room, they should not be used as a centerpiece. Oozing domesticity and traditional social conformity, every last detail is accounted for with the utmost consideration. The main entrée should be put in a pan and set on the table. The entree should not require the use of a knife since the guest will not be seated at a table. All foods should be informal. Rolls should be buttered in the kitchen before being served, and kept warm under a napkin until guests can eat them. The entire meal should be on the table with the exception of the drinks, which should go on a separate table. The dinner etiquette is strictly defined. Not just a useful manual for hosting a traditional dinner party, Arranging a Buffet Supper is also an absorbing glimpse of 1940s social norms and family social values.
Arranging The Tea Table
Length: 8 Minutes
This film teaches the budding post-war typical American family housewife how to impress her friends and neighbors with the amount of caring and consideration she can display by setting a beautiful tea table with creative tea party ideas. A bombastic male narrator describes and explains while the footage shows an older woman instructing a younger one in the art of how to set a table for a tea part, choosing a tablecloth, arranging a floral centerpiece, acquiring tea party supplies, placing candles and dishes, and arranging tea sandwiches and napkins. A painstaking attention to detail really shines through in this film, which shows many classic pictures of a 1940s formal dining arrangement and rules of etiquette. This cult of domesticity and social conformity is a hallmark of the 1940s.