Poppies are in their glory, and very dainty effects can be pro-iuced with them. The wild red poppies can be employed for a patriotic design in red, white, and blue by combining with them blue cornflowers and gypsophila. A silk Union Jack could be used as a table-centre, and the vases placed upon it, filled lightly with the blossoms. Decorate each menu and guest card with a tiny Union Jack.
These wild red poppies also look very graceful used with oat-grasses. Arrange them in clear green glass vases, and place a fringe of green oats round each vase on the cloth. Or the grasses can be formed into garlands and draped from vase to vase. The delicate tints of Shirley poppies look charming on the table, and a pretty blue-and-white table could be arranged for a luncheon party by using white Shirley poppies, cornflowers, and fairy grasses.
Vase filled with white Shirley poppies. cornflowers, and fairy grasses to form the centre of a blue-and-white table decoration for a luncheon party
A tall vase similar to the one in the illustration would be appropriate for this scheme. Cover the white cloth with a lattice-work of cornflower blossoms, and place this vase in the centre. About the table put some blue - and -white Dutch figure vases, filled to correspond. Fill little blue wheel-barrows with white fondants. For the poppy table portrayed Shirley poppies, shading from palest pink to deepest crimson, are used, and, with gypsophila to soften their hues, the effect is decidedly good.
A large vase and two smaller ones are used, and round each are arranged sprays of tinted creepers. Although roses are not so plentiful this month as they were in June and July, there are still many to be obtained; in fact, the second crop of some rose-trees is often better than the first.
Some fine blooms are used to fill the vases in another table design; they are pale pink in hue, and a design of primrose-yellow violas is used as a groundwork for them. A circle of the blossoms is placed around each vase, and lines of them are carried from the centre circle to the corners of the table.
A Shirley poppy table decoration. These charming flowers, ranging in colour from pink to deep crimson look well in green glass vases combined with gypsophila. The vases may be connected by sprays of clematis or Virginia creeper, laid loosely on the tablecloth
Mignonette should be seen frequently on the table; its perfume is refreshing, and its dull green hue fits it to blend with any colour.
Arrange it with rose-pink double stocks, a truly delightful combination both of colour and perfume. Fill low-shaped bowls with the flowers, and place them on a carpet of green moss, edged with mignonette.
Mignonette and scarlet geraniums make another pretty combination. For the centre use a table basket that has been enamelled scarlet, and, filling it with the blossoms, put it in the centre. Round the basket on the cloth, a little distance from it, arrange a twisted garland of scarlet ribbon with bows at intervals, and in each bow place a cluster of mignonette.
Water-lilies are still plentiful, and should be used on a mirror on sultry August days. Bright pink sweet-peas look pretty if arranged with them. Fill specimen vases with sweet-peas and their own foliage, and stand them around the mirror, connecting them with pale green ribbons.
Make four little bouquets of sweet-peas, and tie them with green ribbons, fastening one to each corner of the table.
The following is an effective scheme in yellow and white: A square white centre is used placed cornerwise. It is worked with ribbon in shades of yellow, and edged with fine crochet lace. Upon it is placed a yellow vase filled with the white single dahlias that have yellow centres. Round the vase is twined a garland of white Michaelmas daisies. These garlands are made by threading the blossoms on to cotton.
Brass candlesticks are used which are also twined with white garlands. The fluted shades are of yellow crepe paper. This design would be equally suitable for the small yellow sunflowers.
An effective scheme for a table decoration, carried out in pink roses in crystal vases, standing in circles and between intersecting lines of pale yellow viola blossoms
Try a brown-and-yellow table decoration, and you will find it has a charm of its own. Use small sunflowers and brown coreopsis, placing them in brown wicker baskets or brown art jars. Form a curved line of brown foliage down the centre of the table, and stand the vases or baskets in the curves. Sunflowers and dahlias should be well shaken before being used for the table, so that the objectionable earwig which so often lurks in the petals may be removed. Another artistic design for brown and yellow consists of yellow nasturtiums in brown bark vases, a somewhat large one being used for the centre of the table and smaller ones for the corners, with trails of small brown ivy-leaves from the centre to the corners.
When the dinner-table is lighted from above by a chandelier, a charming effect is produced by suspending a hanging basket from it filled with flowers and drooping trails of the blossoms. Pink ivy geraniums, nasturtiums, fuchsias, and clematis, all lend themselves to this style of decoration. The effect would be delightful if trails of the wild clematis were used mingled with the large purple and white blossoms of the cultivated varieties.
With this scheme employ a flat decoration on the table, using the large blossoms to form a star in the centre, and carrying trails of wild clematis from the points of the star to the corners of the table.