Finally. And he wants to have a marriage (do we dare say this) that includes having sex. Those turn of the century romances certainly moved slowly. Downton Abbey we love you anyway and for so many reasons.
Let’s just stay on point. After all this blog is about the book “Which Fork Do I Use? Confident and Comfortable Dining” and to all things dining – in this century! Last season, the Masterpiece Theater ran a spectacular behind-the-scenes one-hour program about the manners of Downton Abbey. You would think we know all there is to know about dining. We have been trained by the best – namely Dorothea Johnson and Letitia Baldrige. But we stop at the notion that we are experts in the inner workings and demands of presenting dinner in the Grantham dining room. Although, it would be fun to time travel back for a dinner there, don’t you think? We do confess to checking out the beautiful table settings shown in scenes at Downton Abbey. Their attention to detail is exquisite.
We love the idea of a Downton Abbey Menu and Party Plan and have pages in our book devoted to Theme Dinner Parties. Which Fork Do I Use? has a number of table settings that would fit an evening with the Grantham’s or your friends. Perhaps host your Downton Abbey party on the night of the show. You don’t have to have the excessive wealth, belong to the “upper” class or have an enormous staff like the Grantham’s to host elegant and enjoyable dinner parties. (Although on second thought, wouldn’t a staff be nice?)
Our message is – just get started. Our book will answer more questions than you knew existed about dining. There is no need to be nervous. And planning is half the fun of a dinner party.
Don’t forget, that at the turn-of-the-century dinner table you did not lean back against your chair. Can you imagine that for the entire evening? Perhaps you can leave that restriction out. We won’t tell if you won’t.