This is the fourth article in February of the School for Housewives 1904 series published on Feb 28, 1904, and is a very short article on dressing tables with china flower holders.
School for Housewives – China Flower Holders Table Trimming
The hostess who likes to entertain informally and often will welcome the little table centrepieces in china which the shops are offering of late.
Thanks to these, it is now possible to arrange the flowers for a luncheon or little dinner in fives minutes’ time.
When a number of entertainments are given during a single season, anything that lightens the labor of preparation without detracting from the daintiness of the feast is of real interest.
This is especially true of hospitably inclined households where but one maid is kept.
Almost any variety of flowers can be suited in these new dishes. There are tall effects designed for chrysanthemums, iris or American Beauties; vases of moderate depth for carnations, narcissus and their ilk, while shallow basins, having just the necessary depth, suggest a decoration of violets or lilies of the valley.
Many of the new ornaments include human figures, those, for example, of nymphs, shepherdesses, fauns and children.
Sometimes the figures support baskets, basins or vases, which form the flower holders.
Other models are made up of blossoms, rocks and different natural objects, without human figures of any kind.
The illustrations show a number of the new dishes appropriately filled.
An especially pretty idea illustrated is that of the boutonniere centrepiece, to which many of the new ornaments lend themselves especially well.
A number of little bouquets, intended for distribution among the guests, are attached to strands of ribbon, and arranged in the dish. The ribbons fall over the sides, and escape contact with the water. At the conclusion of the feast each member of the party pulls a ribbon and obtains a bouquet.
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