May 11, 2010

Seating arrangement for dinner party

I'm planning a dinner party, not in real life, but for a Regency novel I'm writing. I'm not sure how to make the seating arrangement and here are some good tips from Annette who searches for more Regency information for me:

guests were not assigned seats, but it was by chance

it was bad manners for a woman to help herself so unless the servants were serving, there had to be at least one man per two women

Jane Austen for Dummies said there was an order of entry into the dining room.

Aristocracy (titled first, non titled second)

Titled commoners and their offspring

Married women before Single women

Most distinguished woman to the right of the host and most distinguished man to the right of the hostess


  1. Interesting, Enid, especially in our casual, casual world. I love to read about the food/menus in these dinner parties too.

  2. LOL, I'm only concentrating on the conversation. It's going to be a big showdown.

  3. It's cool to read about these historical settings, you find a lot of it in the Russian classics. But I'm glad the nobility don't have the power they used to have anymore >:)

    Cold As Heaven


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