Throw a Dinner Party Like They Do in 'Downton Abbey' Slideshow

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Invitations Matter

Last-minute dinner parties were a rare occurence in the 1910s, as hand-addressed invitations were sent to guests four to six weeks before the event. (Accepting and then later declining was frowned upon.) Set the time of your party for the dinner hour, generally accepted as being from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Diners never lingered long over the meal, with guests often well on their way before 11 p.m.

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