6o2 The Book of Indoor and Outdoor Games
succession of scallop-shells or fans, may surround and conceal the dish holding the flowers in the centre of the table.
No flowers are so suitable for the occasion as the pretty blue blossoms of the flax plant, but they are hardly vivid enough by themselves to be effective, as the table is so severely white. Bright poppies and daisies added to the flax make an attractive centrepiece, but if the flax is not in season, or difficult to get, the blue of ragged-sailors, or larkspur, gives at least the same colour.
Small squares of fine linen with fringed edges, the guests' names in blue or red Kensington stitch in bold English writing, will answer for place-cards, or the linen may cover Bristol-board cards by means of a thin flour paste. Nothing makes a better surface for water-colour painting than linen, so imagination may run riot if the hostess be a bit of an artist.
Round, fringed doilies should line every dish.
A really dainty flower-holder may be made by placing a slender, thin glass tumbler in the centre of a round piece of fine linen, edged with lace an inch or two wide. This should be drawn up, plaited around the edge of the tumbler, and tied with narrow ribbon in many loops.
The lace stands out like a ruffle, making a border around the flowers.
Much will be accepted when a special feature is to be emphasised among friends that upon other occasions would appear far-fetched and not to be desired.
If a contest be desired, each one may be given a lot of coarse linen-twine tied up in many knots. A time-limit is set and the one who first shows his or her skein undone wins the prize.