By "Madge" (Mrs. Humphry)
"The chief consideration, after compiling the list of guests, is that of the refreshments that will be required. To combine hospitality with an outlay within one's means is the problem that confronts the average hostess. The well-to-do find no difficulty in it. but those of limited incomes have some thinking to do before arriving at conclusions.
After having accepted invitations for one's young people from different families of one's acquaintance, a time arrives when reciprocity becomes necessary. One cannot go on accepting hospitality without making any return. The alternative is to drop gradually out of the circle of one's visiting-list.
For an ordinary dance, whether given at home or elsewhere, there are usually buffet refreshments and a sit-down supper at midnight. It saves much trouble to employ a caterer, arrange with him the character of the menu for both, settle the price per head, and leave everything in his hands. He supplies buffet, tablecloth, glass, china, dishes, and attendants. Lights and flowers also come within his province, and occasionally he even supplies dance programmes.
The following menu for buffet refreshments is of an average description. The cost is according to the number of guests. If they are under one hundred the charge is 3s. per head; if for one hundred and fifty, it is 2s. 9d. per head; and if for two hundred, 2s. 6d. One cannot tell the probable number until answers to the invitations have been received, but the caterer should be informed as early as possible.