Special Dinners, Dances and Luncheons 549
five long ropes of evergreen dotted with scarlet berries fell over the edge of the table.
Red-cheeked apples and white iced cakes and bonbons completed the table-furnishings. A doll's scarlet stocking, filled with bonbons and a sprig of holly, was at each place, and the ice-cream, in the form of Santa Claus, recalled the chief event of the month.
When the fifth hostess was consulting with her mother about what was specially characteristic of January, her father, overhearing, promptly answered, "Bills!"
A more pleasing suggestion, however, was embodied in a table decorated all in white, typical of frost and snow, and also of the threshold of a new year—its record still unwritten, its possibilities all unknown.
The white cloth was plentifully sprinkled with powdered mica to give the glistening effect of snow. Mistletoe in a low basket crowned a mound of this cotton snow in the centre of the table, and from the chandelier hung a bell of white immortelles with long white ribbon depending. This was to "ring out the old, ring in the new, ring out the false, ring in the true."
The favours were calendars, the ice-cream in the form of snowballs.
The table for February recalled the three saints honoured during that month—St. Valentine and our two American saints—canonised, at least, in all loyal hearts—Washington and Lincoln. The centrepiece was a crystal loving-cup filled with red and white carnations, with blue ragged-sailors, at each side of which were outlined two hearts made of the red carnations—the pointed ends in opposite directions. Heart-shaped bits of red cardboard served as name-cards, and the ices