One of my favourite old cookery books, which is anonymous so may well have been a collection of recipes amalgamated by the publishers from a number of their publications is Modern Practical Cookery. which first appeared in 1934.
Towards the end of the book of over seven hundred pages is a section on suggested monthly menus for dinner parties. It comes after sandwiches and before beverages and each menu has four courses, plus vegetables, sauces etc and also a suggestion for a table decoration, which I think is quite charming. The dishes are all quite practical and enough for six people, and all the ingredients are seasonal – no freezers in those days, and few people had refrigerators in their homes.
The menu for November is:
mashed potatoes and peas
Oysters may seem a luxury to us, especially fresh British ones, but in the past they were more common – and in fact in the nineteenth and earlier centuries they were a mainstay of very poor people’s diet.
The table decoration sounds beautiful:
Mauve Michaelmas daisies with bronze chrysanthemums make a glad array, glowing with the wonderful rich tones of an autumn day – and giving a suggestion of the cosiness within.