It is a grand and imposing house and one can just imagine a parade of Bentley's or Rolls driving up the drive to let guests off for a grand dinner party!
Two of the spaces that I most enjoy seeing are the dining room and the kitchen of these grand houses.
This dining room did not disappoint!
The dining room at Upton House set up for a "small" dinner party (8 isn't very large -- it isn't a country house party -- just some friends for dinner)
The place setting -- a linen mat, some beautiful cobalt and white china and a vast array of forks and knives and a spoon! A pressed linen napkin folded and centered perfectly on the plate.
No chargers either!
Warm gold walls, a massive fireplace and no chandelier for at that period you often dined only by candlelight. Notice that the centerpiece and candleabra are above the guests eyesight!
Service was done European style which meant that the food was brought in and a servant would offer each dish to the guests. The table where the food was "set up" for serving.
With the proper silver serving pieces for each course! Heaven forbid if you used the fish slice and fork for the joint!
And, of course, after dinner, there would be a cordial or whisky. I like to think that whisky or Cognac is in the clear bottles and something more "ladylike" is in the red ones!
I thought they did a good job interperting a 30's elegant dinner party -- I would have happily donned by best frock and had a go at being a guest for the evening!
It's Thursday and I'm sharing this with Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday. See what other tables there are this Thursday when you join Susan. This is far more elegant than the tables we do at Linderhof but I have always loved these elegant dinner party tables!