With regard to the choice of china, avoid gaudy colouring that will clash with the flowers; a simple pattern is always in good taste. In one of the illustrations white china of a good quality, with a plain band of dark blue, is used, and it is perhaps the most useful pattern for breakfast ware, as, being a stock pattern, single pieces can always be replaced, which is a great advantage, for " accidents will happen in the best regulated families."
Fruit is fast becoming a recognised dish on our breakfast-tables, and it is a custom that is to be commended, for the Englishman as a rule eats far too little fruit and far too much meat. Fruit for breakfast should be arranged in glass dishes on some of its own leaves, or, failing these, vine-leaves or the leaves of the Portugal laurel, can be utilised with good effect.
Glass dishes for the fruit look far better than dessert-dishes that do not match the breakfast-service, a contrast being preferable to a bad match. Simplicity should be the keynote of the breakfast-table, and hand-some table-centres should on no account be used. But a plain white linen centre is an improvement, either of drawn threadwork with a hemstitched border, or worked in a simple design in flax thread and finished with a scalloped edge.
Nothing in the way of a design should be attempted for the floral decoration. A tall vase of flowers, such as the phlox in the illustration, is as effective as anything, with a shower of creeper-trails hanging from the top of the vase. Sweet-peas, in their proper season, are chosen for the other table, and they are charming as a table decoration either mixed with the dainty gypsophila or with just their own foliage.