554 The Book of Indoor and Outdoor Games
The event of July being, of course, the "Glorious Fourth," the young hostess taxed her wits to suggest it at her table, which glowed with the tricolour. The candle-shades were of small paper flags, pleated fan-wise. A nougat cannon was at one end of the table, a plate of round chocolate bonbons piled pyramidally, to represent cannon-balls, conveniently near. Other chocolate sticks were wrapped in red paper to resemble fire-crackers. The centrepiece was of white carnations in a low, flat basket, and among the flowers tiny electric lights—red, white, and blue—were placed as nearly as possible to represent a wheel of fireworks. The white iced cakes were in the form of Liberty Bells, and the icecream in that of a statue of the Goddess of Liberty, with a spread eagle at the base—a favourite design with caterers.
August—"ripe summer's queen"—was prettily suggested by soft, maize-coloured table furnishings. A large sheaf of wheat holding a bunch of pale-yellow roses formed the centrepiece, a tiny sickle at its base. Candle-light, filtered through shades of yellow tissue paper, gave an effect of sunshine appropriate to thoughts of August, as were the favours.
At each place was a round fan of gilded straw, to the long handle of which was tied a bunch of yellow rosebuds by a corn-coloured ribbon, upon which, in gilt letters, each guest read her name. The ices in the form of fruit and flowers were held in a horn of plenty, made of the straw-coloured candy that looks like spun glass.
It was decided that the season should conclude with a merry little subscription dance, to which each hostess should invite half a dozen guests. As costume balls