The table should be covered with a clean white cloth; the cups and saucers arranged at one end, if for tea; and at both ends, if for tea and coffee; or the coffee-cups and saucers may be arranged at the right hand side of one end of the table, and the tea-cups and saucers at the left; the tea-pot and coffee-pot occupying the space between in front, and the urn that at the back. Some persons substitute cocoa or chocolate for coffee, in which case they are to be placed the same. The slop-basin and milk-jug should be placed to the left; and the cream, and hot milk-jugs, with the sugar basin, to the right.

3127. The remainder of the table should be occupied in the centre by the various dishes to be partaken of; while at the sides must be ranged a large plate for meat, eggs, etc, and a small one for toast, rolls, etc, with a small knife and fork for each person; the carving knife and fork being placed point to handle; the butter and bread knives to the right of their respective dishes, which occupy the centre part, and spoons in front of the hot dishes with gravy. Salt cellers should occupy the four comers, and, if required, the cruets should be placed in the centre of the table. (See 3158.)

3128. Dry toast should never be prepared longer than five minutes before serving, as it becomes tough, and the buttered, soppy and greasy, if too long prepared Hot rolls should be brought to table covered with a napkin.

3129. Every dish should be garnish-ed appropriately, either with sippets ornamental butter, water-creases, pars-ley, or some one of the garnishes we shall point out in another page. (Set 2542.)

3130. The dishes usually set upon the tables are selected from hot, cold, and cured meats; hot, cold, cured, and potted fish; game; poultry, cold or devilled; fruit, ripe, preserved, or can-died; dressed and undressed vegetables; meat-pies and patties, cold; eggs; honey-comb; entrees; and savoury morsels - as grilled kidneys, ham-toast, devils, etc.

3131. When laid for a marriage breakfast, a bride's cake should occupy the centre instead of the epergne or plateau. (See 2923, and 2930.)

3132. Luncheons, or Noonings - The luncheon is laid in two ways: one way is to bring in a tray with let down sides, on which it is previously arranged upon a tray cloth, and letting down the sides and spreading the cloth upon the dining-table to distribute the things as required. The other is to lay the cloth as for dinner, with the pickle-stand and cruets opposite each other; and, if in season, a small vase of flowers in the centre; if not, a water-jug and tumblers, which may be placed on a side-table at other times. The sides of the table are occupied by the requisites for each guest, viz., two plates, a large and small fork and knives, and dessertspoon. A folded napkin, and the bread under, is placed upon the plate of each guest.

3133. Carafes, with the tumblers belonging to and placed over them, are laid at the four corners, with the salt cellers in front of them, between two table-spoons laid bowl to handle.

3134. The dishes generally served for luncheons are the remains of cold meat neatly trimmed and garnished; cold game, hashed or p'ain; hashes of all descriptions; curries; minced meats cold pies, savoury, fruit, or plain plainly-cooked cutlets, steaks, and chops; omelettes; bacon; eggs; devils' and grilled bones; potatoes; sweetmeats; butter; cheese; salad and pickles. In fact, almost anything does for lunch, whether of fish, flesh, fowl, pastry, vegetables, or fruit.

3135. Ale and porter are generally served, but occasionally sherry, port, or home-made wines are introduced, with biscuits and ripe fruit.

3136. A good housewife should always have something in the house ready to convert into a neat little luncheon, in case a few friends drop in, to what some are pleased to call a "tiffin;" and it is astonishing how a really handsome-looking affair may be made out of the remains of the dinner served the day before, some handsome glass, a sprinkle of good plate, a few flowers, some good ale, or a little wine, and above all, a hearty welcome.