These dinner parties bridge the years from the early 1800's to present day, so we're taking some pretty big steps here, leaping over a lot from in between. The present day we are, of course, familiar with. And we remember the 80's dinner parties of our parents. Reaching back further, we look to television (Mad Men) and paintings...With what period do you most closely relate?
Today: The Guardian asks, "Is the dinner party dead?". We don't think so.
1980's: A dinner party from our not-so-distant past, via furnio.com
1950's: Betty Draper tends to the table as hostess of this dinner party.
1910's: Depiction of a lively Victorian dinner party by Jules Grun
1820's: The Dinner Party by Henry Sargent Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. This "dinner party" is a daytime meeting of men: merchants, doctors, lawyers, clergy.