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Groups of up to six people from different households are now able to meet outside. We can meet in gardens - in addition to parks - as long as households keep two metres apart. Boris has said "These changes mean friends and family will start to meet loved ones."
We can revive an old fashioned tradition of inviting people to call on us "at Home". Many people may not be aware of the history of “At Home” cards.
They used to be thought of as a rather sad way of advertising the fact that you don’t have many friends and don’t get out much. On the other hand it can be seen as a very posh sort of social shorthand, of what should be a smart invitation. It did get to this position after a 150 years of social development.
Prince Albert was responsible for the lowercase use of "a" and capitalisation of the "H". In victorian times, a social behaviour developed of being "at home", and the culture of calling on social acquaintances. Some may remember the formal ritual of calling on people mentioned in novels such as those of Jane Austen. The "at Home" card developed, to tell your acquaintances when it would be convenient for them to call. In Victorian times this was usually usually on a fixed evening each week. CLICK HERE to order now!
It is worthwhile keeping your stationery drawer well stocked so you are always ready to invite friends to spend some time with you in the garden or park close by. The Caspari thermographic "at Home" cards are distinct from invitations in that they have less information. They simply have the words 'at Home' in the centre of the card (please note lower case 'a' and upper case 'H') with the R.S.V.P towards the bottom right of the card. This enables as many or as few to be used at any events at any time.
You can add a name at the top above the words 'at Home' and below, leave blank to fill in a date and a venue. You can also fill in an address and/or email address under the R.S.V.P.