480 The Book of Indoor and Outdoor Games
come midway—say about six, and gives time for play after it. When the boys and girls enter their teens their invitations may be from six to ten o'clock, a light supper being served shortly after their arrival and the icecream and cake before they leave. Late hours are bad for young people, who have to be up betimes.
An assistant will be found invaluable, and a programme of the games and other features of the entertainment should be made out beforehand, with a reserve fund upon which to draw as necessity arises. The secret of success is not to continue one thing until the guests tire of it.
If the party is in honour of a birthday, the rooms should be made to look as festal as possible, and the birthday flower have distinct prominence.
Such days should be made bright for the children— "memorable with flowers and music, colour and light, so that by-and-by sound and scent, with the subtle force of association, may bring the long-past scenes back again and make the weary man or woman for a moment once more a child.
"There should always be a thought of others in the celebration as soon as the child is old enough to understand the pleasure of giving pleasure. Besides the little guests asked to the feast, something should be done for less fortunate children in the neighbourhood whose luxuries are few. The number of children remembered might correspond with the years of the child's life. Icecream and flowers may be sent to the sick, and cake, fruit or candy to those who are well."
To children, one of the chief attractions of a party is to have something to carry home, some tangible evidence of the pleasure that so soon becomes only a memory. Some trifling souvenir should therefore be provided for