The candlesticks are of silver, in the form of dragons, with bright rose-pink Empire shades. Empire shades, moreover, are fashionable, and they are quite easy to make.

The difference in shape from the ordinary shade is that the lower part is but very slightly larger round than the top, and the trimmings are flat and straight in character instead of full and fluffy. Those of which I am thinking are of finely pleated silk, with rows of tiny moss roses sewn round them, and there is a hanging fringe of pink glass beads.

The cosaques are placed on the table between the guests. In colour they are a deep rose pink, upon each is a cluster of carnations and grasses, and they are tied with bows of a paler shade.

A delightful Christmas scheme could be arranged with variegated holly, holly berries, and scarlet geraniums. Six vases are used: a tall, slender one for the centre, and five smaller ones arranged round. These are filled with sprays of holly and geranium, and garlands of holly berries are festooned from vase to vase. Artificial berries for these festoons may be used if the real ones are not plentiful.

To make a festoon of berries, take a length of cotton rather longer than you need, and with a fine needle thread the berries on to it. Make five chains of berries in this way, and then at the end of each chain fasten on to the cotton a little piece of stick about the size of a pocket pencil. By dipping these sticks into the vases the berries will be kept in place.

If the geraniums are gummed before being used for decorative purposes they will last quite a long time, if not they will fall quickly. To gum, all that is required is a little camel-hair brush and a penny bottle of thin gum. Dip the brush in the gum, and then place one drop in the centre of each little flower.

The novel guest-cards are in the form of turkeys, and Yule log crackers are also used.