Editor’s note: I’ve become kind of fascinated by the idea of midnight suppers especially as a party. Imagine having a bunch of people over to eat a meal (generally finger food or sandwiches) served after midnight. This really doesn’t happen anymore (does it?), but I come across these in novels from the era. I think I first came across them in the Betsy-Tacy books by Maud Hart Lovelace which were set in the very early 20th century but were written in the 1940’s and 1950’s.


Midnight Suppers: “Come around nine” is a welcome invitation I hear with increasing frequency from friends who like to bring ten to twenty or more friends together on a Friday or Saturday night, but who do not have the time, stamina, money, or inclination to cook, serve, and clean up after a dinner party for that many.

I always look forward with pleasure to such a party.