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The Etiquette of New York To-Day Ellin T. Craven Learned

The Etiquette of New York To-Day

Ellin T. Craven Learned

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ISBN : 9780217890052
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118 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1906 Excerpt: ... LUNCHEONS THERE is nothing difficult inMoreThis historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1906 Excerpt: ... LUNCHEONS THERE is nothing difficult in giving a small luncheon and no better way of encouraging intimacy between women, who see nothing of each other at dinners and merely exchange a few words at teas or receptions. At luncheon they sit down for a pleasant, social hour. Six or eight persons make a good number for a luncheon, where easy and general conversation is desirable. The appointments of the table and the service at a luncheon do not differ materially from the rules for a dinner. These are fully explained in later chapters. At a luncheon a bread and butter plate is placed at the left of each place- butter pats, rolls, or bread, are passed. A napkin, plainly folded, may be on each place-plate, or at the left, but a roll is not at each place at luncheon as at dinner. If the table is of mahogany a centrepiece of white linen drawn-work or embroidery may be used on the bare table. Fine doilies may be under the plates at the places. A more elaborate effect may be gained by using a luncheon cloth of Italian lace insertion over a mahogany table. In winter the table is lighted with candles as for a dinner. In spring or summer daylight is the most appropriate. The color scheme for a luncheon is carried out by the flowers and candleshades. Sometimes the color is accentuated by the use of the prevailing color in the china used throughout the luncheon. Pink is always a good color- white and green are floral combinations easily contrived- while in spring, with daylight, yellow daffodils are gay and bright and add to the effect of sunshine. The menu depends on the season. In winter the first course may be grapefruit in glasses according to the modern fashion. These glasses of pretty shapes are now made for the purpose. Tall glasses with rather broad bowls on slende...