Image from page 157 of "American etiquette and rules of politeness" (1883)
Publisher: New York : Standard Pub. Co.
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wiches, buns and cakes, whichconstitute all that is offered to the guests. There is less formality at a kettle-drum than at alarger day reception. The time is. spent in conver-sation with friends, in listening to music, or suchentertainment as has been provided. Ladies wear the demi-toilet, with or without bon-nets. Gentlemen wear the usual morning dress. At five oclock tea (or coffee) the equipage is on aside table, together with plates of thin sandwiches,and of cakes. The pouring of the tea and passing ofrefreshments are usually done by some members ofthe family, or friends, without the aid of servants,when the number assembled is small; for, as a rule,the people who frequent these social gatheringscare more for social intercourse than for eating anddrinking. MORE FORMAL ENTERTAINMENTS. Evening parties and balls are much more formalthan the entertainments that have been mentioned.These require evening dress. Lately evening dress isalmost as much worn at grand dinners as at balls and
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KECEPTIONS, PARTIES AND BALLS. 153 evening parties, only the material is not so showy.Invitations to evening parties are sent from a week totwo weeks in advance, and they should be immediatelyanswered. BALLS. In order to make a ball successful there must begood music and plenty of people to dance. A MODEL INVITATION TO A BALL.
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