Image from page 169 of "Our society" (1891)
Title: Our society
Publisher: Detroit, Mich., Darling brothers & company
Contributing Library: The Library of Congress
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upports an overflowing basket of roses.Some very beautiful designs have been entirely of ferns of thedifferent varieties, gracefully and effectively arranged. i5o OUR SOCIETY. Dinner Cards. — Of odd, pretty or fantastic devices inmenu or dinner cards, there seems to be no end. A good ideafor starting conversation and raising a merry humor is to hitoff delicately and good-naturedly any hobby, occupation orpursuit of those present, by the design upon the card. Theselittle drawings can be done in ink, sepia, or colors, by any onewho has even a slight aptitude for such things, or appropriatedesigns can be copied from books or magazines. Suppose,for instance, an artist is to be present, his or her card shouldshow a small easel draped with a scarf and holding a little canvas perhaps just begun,draw, a palette andorate design or, what would be easier tobrushes, or, if a more elab-can be managed, an out-door outfit of umbrella,easel and stool, with an\ artist sketching. Astudent or literary
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person might have a study-table littered with paper,pens and ink, with a lamp,suggestive of midnightoil, and, beside it, a large pair of spectacles. A musicalindividual should have his or her favorite instrument. CEREMONIO US DINNERS. I51 If it should happen to be a piano, and this is found toodifficult for the amateur artist, simply the key-board couldbe represented; a violin, harp, or any of the smaller instru-ments will lend themselves readily to means of decora-tion. If a vocalist is to be served, a bar or two ofmusic, perhaps that of a favorite song with the title or a fewof the words, would be appropriate. Suppose we have anangler, what could be more complimentary than a rod andfish-basket, or perhaps two or three portraits of his allegedvictims of the finny tribe. If he a be mighty hunter, a gunand game-bag, or some dead birds would be equally fitting.The lady with a craze for pottery painting,.could have asketch of a vase, plaque and punch-bowl, prettily grouped,and the one wi
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