Drawing on Debrett's extensive expertise in manners and etiquette, this practical guide will help to ensure that hosts and hostesses are able to cope with an array of dilemmas and challenges, from catering for vegans and people with food allergies to dealing with drunken visitors, ensuring that guests mingle and laying on special entertainments for small children and elderly relatives. Structured around the four seasons, the book explores British rituals, customs and traditions throughout the year - from Christmas, Valentine's Day, Shrove Tuesday and Easter to Halloween and Bonfire Night. It is also a helpful guide to the social events and occasions that punctuate the British calendar, from country house operas and days at the races to summer barbecues and village cricket matches.
Debrett's is a specialist publisher founded in 1769, founded on guides to peerage and baronetage, and known for publishing a range of guides on traditional British etiquette. Debrett's is referenced as an authority in such classic fiction as Sherlock Holmes stories, P.G. Wodehouse novels, Oscar Wilde works, and "Brideshead Revisited."