Thursday, October 1, 2009
Etiquette Challenge: The Dinner Plate
Dear Blushing Hostess,
I have a question involving tableware. All "sets" include a dinner,
salad, and bread plate, as well a soup bowl. However, I read somewhere
that the hostess should never keep dirty dishes on the table, which
means that if one has a soup and salad course, one would have to
remove each dish before the next course. Since, alas, I have no
servants, never make soup, and dislike jumping up and down to do the
serving when I have guests, what do you think of buying just the
dinner plate? Obviously, this would not be a black-tie dinner, but
what would you think if you were invited to someone's house for a
single-course meal, with the salad and vegetables served with the main
Thanks in advance,
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