The Evolution of the Dinner Party, 1860–1954

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The Evolution of the Dinner Party, 1860–1954
A Presentation by Etiquetteer Robert Dimmick
Thursday, September 24, 6:00 p.m.



On Thursday, September 24, 2015, Etiquetteer Robert Dimmick ( explores how the way Americans entertained at home changed during the time the Gibsons lived at the Gibson House in “The Evolution of the Dinner Party, 1860–1954.” The Victorian formal dinner party of many courses and ever-more-obscure accessories gradually gave way with the social upheavals following World War I, including Prohibition, café society, and the growing acceptance of smoking. By World War II, writers like Dorothy Draper were gaily recommending buffet dinners with striking color schemes and other novelties.

Reception is at 6:00 p.m., program at 6:30 p.m. 


Gibson House Museum
137 Beacon St.
Boston, MA 02116