November ,4 2015
Formal Dinner Party

Yesterday, myself and a friend were privy to a formal dinner party and it was a beautiful experience mixing great food with etiquette and refinement. Our university was holding a formal, dressy four course meal and an accompanying lecture on business etiquette and the business world. Since my friend and I love dressing up and will be entering the business world soon enough, it was doubly beneficial! tableAs an added bonus to the business etiquette, one of the guest speakers was going to give us a walk through all the rules of old world formal dining. I'm talking Downton Abbey style, haha! As you can imagine I was over the moon! I am a strong dinner party encourager and having hosted many a formal affair and attended quite a few in my day, I'm an advocate of the dinner party over clubbing any time. Not only that, but I am a huge stickler for manners (poor manners are a massive pet peeve of mine), so I was in my glory. In the interest of all you food lovers out there, this is the delicious meal we were served: The first course was a beautiful, seasonal butternut squash soup. The second consisted of a garden salad with crisp tomatoes, shredded carrots, cucumber half moons, and mixed cabbage greens in a sweet balsamic dressing. The main course was a seared chicken thigh and leg, de-boned, with dried cranberry garnish and white wine cream sauce. Served on the side was cloud-like mashed potatoes and grilled pepper, carrot, turnip, and asparagus vegetables. Finally, our dessert was individual apple crumble pies with spiced vanilla ice-cream, drizzled in caramel sauce. Yum! One of the young men at my table was astounded to find out that there could be upwards of three glasses at each persons place setting! If you've ever wanted to throw a super fancy dinner party, for Christmas perhaps, or have ever been caught off guard with the vast variety of cutlery in front of you, I found this cute diagram so you can take a look. settingAre you as much of a lover of old world class and etiquette as I am? Let me know and make sure if you do have a dinner party that you save a space for me ; ) xo Novellette

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