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were greatly in favour, their girl friends were requested to come "in character," but they held the men excused, since they presumably would object to the trouble.
The twelve young hostesses appeared as the months of the year, recalling in their costumes what they had tried to do at their tables.
June, rose-crowned; August, in corn colour and wheat; July, in white with field flowers—poppies, bluets and daisies; January, in glistening white tissue; December, in scarlet; May, in pale-green—as they say in France, "Each was prettier than the other !"
ANNOUNCEMENT DINNERS AND LUNCHEONS
The customary way of announcing an engagement in our own day is for the betrothed pair to write personal letters to their intimate friends, asking their sympathy and congratulation in their newly found happiness.
Many, however, feel that this prosaic manner of acquainting their friends with a fact of such transcendent importance and thrilling interest is all too tame and fails to satisfy. Some want to make the announcement with a little £clat; others think that it would be a pleasure to see with their own eyes the effect of the news upon those who hear it. Others again fancy it an occasion to call in their friends and neighbours to rejoice with them.
A favourite form of entertainment is a luncheon, given by the engaged girl to a coterie of her intimates.
The flowers, decorations, candle-shades, etc., should all be of blushing pink—the couleur de rose—typical of the atmosphere that surrounds the bride-elect and tints her outlook upon life. A tall, slender vase holding a few pink rosebuds makes a centrepiece that for daintiness and elegance is not easily surpassed. Only their own leaves in abundance, or mignonette, should accompany