Children's Parties 491
Take six small strips of poplar wood and drive pins in their ends to serve as arrows. Make a number of small red paper hearts about two inches wide, one for each person, upon which the names are written, with a pin in each.
Tack up the large heart against a door and ask each guest to throw a dart in turn, being first blindfolded, since "Love is blind," and chance must direct.
From wherever the arrow happens to stick, it is withdrawn and the small paper heart of the archer with his or her name upon it is pinned exactly over the spot that was pierced.
When all have their representative hearts in place on the target, the lady's prize should be given to the one whose arrow is nearest the centre, and another prize awarded to the most successful marksman.
A sugar cupid, two heart-shaped pin-cushions tied together at their widest ends by a true lover's knot of ribbon, a pen-wiper of the same suggestive form, are some of the inexpensive trifles that are easily procurable.
For the closing game the children would not fail to enjoy
The game requires a little preparation beforehand. Instead of the usual rings to be thrown over a stake, the quoits are in the form of hearts—three for each player. These are easily made of picture-wire bent into shape, wound with tissue paper, and then with scarlet satin ribbon, or red tissue paper will answer as well. Three stakes are then set in as many boxes. Holes made in the lids and bricks inside the boxes will keep the stakes upright and in place. One box is covered with yellow tissue paper, covered with gold paper disks, the stake