The reason I have chosen to look at the role of the hostess is because of the idea that as a hostess you should be flawless in the delivery of your party or will forever be in social ruin. This idea has caused so many people to feel fear and trepidation at the thought of planning a party or even just a organising a small gathering of friends for dinner and drinks.
The main focus for my project will look at the expectations of the a hostess for a dinner party. I will look to historical traditions, present day advice and ideas to the contrary, in order to see if the traditional pressures on the hostess are still relevant in our society.
“It is the privilege of a hostess to entertain and look after guests.” The New Home Encyclopaedia edited by Joan Wheeler 1932