The world is changing, sometimes for the better and sometimes the worse. One of the things that has sadly been largely lost over the decades is the institution of the sherry party. Let’s bring it back!
by John Pope on September 25, 2012
Undoubtedly there has been a lot of world progress in the last 60 years, but then there has also been some regression it seems.
The sherry party is becoming increasingly popular, for it has a leisurely and gracious atmosphere which many people find attractive.
Oh, how times have changed. Something that was becoming increasingly popular has faded away almost completely, and I’ve never even been to one.
So, if we wanted to bring this great concept then what do we need to do?
I dug out my 1956 good housekeeping guide to find out:
Not everything changed ..
It is advisable to serve both a sweet and a dry sherry, and, if possible, a medium type also. True sherry is made from white grapes grown in the Jerez district of southern Spain; the best pale, dry sherries are usually sold under the names of Amontillado, Manzanilla and Vino de Paso, while the best of the rich, full, dark sherries are Amoroso and Oloroso. Also available are very good South African and Australian sherries, which are considerably cheaper.
Now here is something that hasn’t changed too much, Jerez still makes the best sherries in the world.
Dry sherries are at their best when served slightly chilled (stand them for a short time either on ice or in a refrigerator); the flavour of the sweet sherries, on the other hand, is best appreciated when they are served at room temperature.
This hasn’t changed either, except for the fact that nobody uses the word “refrigerator” anymore.
.. but enough has
Just in case you think that sherry is a bit of a girly drink, then don’t worry. In the fabulous 50’s they had an answer for that as well.
Some of your men guests may not particularly care for sherry, so if possible have a bottle of whisky available, also one or two refreshing “soft” drinks, especially in the summer.
They also apparently had a bit of a shortage of glassware.
If you have only just sufficient glasses, and do not wish to hire extra, it is a good idea to stick a small named label on each, so that your guests will keep the same glass the whole time.
The titbit was alive and well, and not only as a sexual diversion.
Serve titbits and savouries as for a cocktail party- have an abundant supply, and keep them small and dainty, so that they can be easily handled.
Oh, and another slight change, smoking was cool and fashionable.
Have supplies of cigarettes available at several points. in addition to well-known brands, you may like to offer the gay coloured cigarettes obtainable from the bigger tobacconists. It is a good idea to have several cigarette lighters in readiness, in preference to matches, which very quickly make the room look untidy. And finally, do have plenty of good-sized ashtrays, if you value your furniture.
There can only be one plan, I am going to revive the sherry party concept, starting right now. I’m going to plan a sherry party of my very own, and encourage others to do the same, it’s going to be huge!
So, anyone want to come?