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The wedding gift display

by Marie Eulalie Moran

A recent bride chose an artistic method of displaying her wedding gifts.

There was a small room on the first floor at the end of the hall. All the furniture was taken out, and here she arranged her gifts most attractively.

The pictures, which are such popular wedding presents, were grouped on the walls, and a cozy corner made by the window with a pillow-heaped divan, a tabouret holding a large fern, and a charming little table, all ready for afternoon tea, set with tea equipage, bonbon dishes and a vase of carnations.

In the opposite corner, on a cabinet, were the bric-a-brac and books. Photographs of the bride and groom had been slipped in the photograph frames, the pitchers, vases and punchbowl filled with flowers — in fact, everything had been done to give the effect of a daintily furnished room, rather than a mere ostentatious display.

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The result was particularly pleasing to the givers of the gifts; they saw how each gift added to or completed an effect. Small articles that would have been extinguished by their more costly neighbors in a mere marshaling of presents on tables, took on an air of importance by seeming to be necessary to give the finishing touch to some decorative scheme.

“This gives me the idea I have long been wanting,” remarked a girl friend who was going to be married soon herself; “I have always thought the usual display of wedding gifts looked like a sale in a shop after stock taking.”

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Of course, there were some presents that could be used neither in furnishing the room nor in its decoration, such as cases of silver spoons, forks, etc, toilet silver, fancy pincushions, etc. These were arranged as attractively as possible on small tables with vases of flowers.

The pretty house linen was all in a chest that had a quaint German motto burned upon the lid, and wreaths of roses, myrtle and ivy, the emblems of love and marriage, upon the panels. This chest was the gift of an artist friend, and the neatly piled up linen tied with white ribbons that it held rejoiced the hearts of the matrons as they peeped in it.

Of course, the bride’s own personal belongings have no place in a display of wedding gifts; they are shown only to intimate friends.

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