When I was cleaning out things at my mom's house, I found this fun book called "Searchlight Homemaking Guide". I guess you could say it was the etiquette bible, written for young ladies who were leaving home to join a new husband in 1949. This particular edition has a beautifully written name inside, "Jeanne Vetterly 1949". I can't help but wonder how this book helped her to furnish her home, choose her clothing, raise children and be the perfect hostess. Times were different then, but not in a bad way. How wonderful it must have been to always have a book to refer to when you needed help with a problem.
First I thought it might be nice to find out who this young lady was, so I went to ancestry.com. Because I know my mom lived in Indiana, I find Jeanne in the 1930 and 1940 census, both in Indiana and Michigan. It turns out she received this book when she was 21 years old. Her mom was a "shoppe keeper" for women's wear and her dad was a butcher in 1940. Must have been helpful to have parents with that skill set. You always know how to dress and how to carve a turkey!
So as I read about how to set the buffet, I'll be thinking of how it must have been for her when she was doing the same. Here's the page for buffet service.