558 The Book of Indoor and Outdoor Games
borrowed or stolen"—though intended as receptacles for flowers—they may fitly hold heart-shaped bonbons, cakes, and "kisses."
The menu may be written on the reverse side of the place-cards, and on it tomato soup may figure under the pretty alias by which that vegetable used to be known— "cream of love-apples." The roast may appear upon the menu as "chickens that have lost their hearts." Squabs should be called "turtledoves," and the icecream may be in the form of cupids, hearts, or two doves beak to beak, a favourite device on all valentines and obtainable of nearly all caterers.
If it be desired to indicate the happy pair and excite the curiosity of the others, a gilt bow—preferably of classic pattern, not Indian—and a couple of arrows may be attached to the chandelier in such manner that one end comes just over the heads of the betrothed. From this end, a heart may be suspended, or two hearts transfixed by the same arrow—"captives of the bow." The hearts may be made of pasteboard covered with red like the old-fashioned pocket pincushions. The bows and arrows may be found at many of the shops in mid-February.
A MOTHER-GOOSE LUNCHEON
A hostess of the present day no longer feels that her hospitality has found acceptable expression if she offers for her guests' enjoyment only delicious viands, tasteful table appointments, and faultless service.
Like the "little old woman," whose "victuals and drink were the chief of her diet," she feels that mere physical well-being does not wholly satisfy. Some little original conceit must add spice and snap and Attic salt