For the holiday dinner or the evening party — festive touches not too difficult
The hospitality which we dispense at Christmastime will seem all the more hearty and enjoyable to our guests if they see that it has been our pleasure to plan something different, in honor of the day and their presence with us, from what we are used to having on our tables on ordinary days.
It is the loving thought worked out in extra effort and expressed in the little surprises that makes the day stand apart from all others.
Many hostesses who are noted for the charm of their entertainments always plan to have at the beginning and end of the meal some little novelty in substance or serving that will be likely to start and keep up a lively flow of conversation. The funny faces of the goblin oranges, for instance, will cause a merry comparison of expressions, which, by a slight difference in the marking, may vary from grave to gay.
The central decoration on the poinsettia table is a favor receptacle made by covering a tin milk-pan, first with smoothly stretched crepe paper and then with a mass of scarlet ruffles with serrated edges suggesting flower petals. From its center rises a tall, spreading cluster of flaming paper poinsettias.
A flounce of poinsettia crepe finishes the edge of the table, and the ice-cups and place-cards are decorated with smaller blossoms of the same gorgeous variety. The table would be equally pretty, although perhaps not so cheery, if the scheme of decoration were worked out in either of the other blooms — holly or mistletoe — which we naturally associate with Christmas.