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Author of *'The Book of Parties and Pastimes" and

"The Book of Entertainments and Frolics

for All Occasions"








Copyright, 191 5, by
David McKay

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DANCES 288-303

Dixie Dance 288

Jungle 291

Summer Eve 291

Italian 292

Poinsettia 292

Portrait 294

Candy 295

Flower 296

Mystery 297

Leap Year 298

Middy '>'.,!^y. \ !> .>.... ". ; 299

Manacle / :; , . . . '...;. ':i\ } .'w ': 300

Starlight . , ; . . i ,^ '. > 301

DINNERS, SUPPERS, EIC. . , .'r. \]ll 108-151

Round the World Suppe-: ' . . . ,! J.,%.]:1 .'»! 109

Pickup Supper .V. . . . . . ! . // no

Chinese Luncheon 112

Beefsteak Supper 117

Canny Luncheon 121

Fish Supper 123

Melon Festival 125

Oyster Dinner 127

Peach Festival , 131

Cherry Breakfast 131

Apple Breakfast 134

Indian Meal 137

Cherry Festival 138


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Oyster Festival 139

Italian Dinner 140

Progressive Hayride 144

Mother Goose Supper 145

Automobile Dinner 147

Circus Dinner 149

Poinsettia Dinner 150

Feast of Lanterns 151

Indian Church Supper 259

FAIRS 154-230

Shaksperean 154

Garden 157

Dickens 159

Five and Ten Cent 162

Old Homestead 163

Olde Tyme 167

Industrial . .c.,. ^,, . ...,.„.,,, .^,.,. .^ 167

Army. . .'..:: I {.;>;.. ^ ^A -4;^.: 170

Navy. .: '..'../.. ./.y. .?•.".•: / 171

Thackeray . . . .\ J . . ; vl**. .|^*f. 172

Donnybrook. >. /.•••. V.^AO. .' 174

Maypole. . :-,:. ;%. ^\. I'^Q^ . ; i75

Little Gem . ;,. ^MJl-.^. /.^.v.% .:• i77

Operatic 180

Heroines 181

Trees 182

Turkey 184

Millinery 185

Pincushion 186

Introduction 186

Penny 187

Flower 188

Girls 188

Jack Frost 189

Seashore 195

Index S


Basket 196

Book and Picture 197

Christmastide 198

Through the Looking Glass 202

Flower 210

Olden Time Village 210

Yellow Fair 211

Cushion 212

Patriotic ^213

Stock 214

Pine Forest 225

Morning Glory 226

Freak Show 229


New Year 9

Snow 10

Birthday 1 1

Firelight 15

Tropical 17

Valentine 18

Washington 19

Easter Lily 21

Squirrel 32

Shadow 39

Haunted House 40

Spiritistic 43

Fortune 46

Hunting 47

No L 49

Christmas Card 51

Yuletide 56

Reindeer 64

Ship 66

Needlework 68

Peanut 71



Turkish 73

Shirtwaist 76

Forced Sale 79

Novelty Social 81

Old Time 82

Number Eight 83

Story Telling 84

Poverty 85

Jumbo 86

Bag 88

Coupon 89

PoHce 89

Rubber 92

Bag (Another) 94


Pageant of Flowers 230

Fairy Play 235

Hoop Drill 242

Mother Goose Waxworks 244

Reception to Lafayette 245

Cynic Get a Laph 245

Fair Children 246

Advertisement Tableaux 246

Geographical Baby Show 246

Comic Baby Show 247

Rag Doll Dance 248

How Others Made Money 249

Columbus Day Tableaux 255

Thanksgiving Shadow Pictures 256

Woman through the Ages 262

Thankful Lane 264

Samantha Allen 265

The Bells 273

Christmas Belles 277



Illustrated Magazine 278

Yankee Doodle Kitchen 279

Major Atom 280

Pageant of Autumn 281

Pageant of Good Women 289





A party given just before the New Year is ushered
in, or on the Eve of New Year's Day, can be made
financially very successful if the invited ones are given
a hint that the proceeds of the affair will be devoted
to a certain good object. Decorations other than the
Yuletide greens already in place will not be necessary.
Have a side table covered with poinsettia crepe paper,
and on this display for sale calendars, diaries, and New
Year's cards. If the occasion is New Year's Eve,
noisy little toys to usher in the new twelvemonth might
be added to this list.

For amusements pass around paper and pencils
and let each guest write out a good resolution for the
New Year couched in rhyme. Read these aloud and
award a little calendar to the one whose resolution
raises the heartiest laugh.

Or cover the family dinner bell with scarlet crepe


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paper, suspend it with ribbon from the ceiling and see
who can ring it with rubber balls provided for the

After the New Year has been welcomed in serve
the following supper at twenty-five cents a head:

Hot beef bouillon in cups. Oyster crackers.

Lettuce mayonnaise sandwiches. Olives.

Fruited gelatin, whipped cream. Home-made cake.


The best background for this social is made of pine
branches or Httle fir trees used to bank the walls of
the room. Cover mantelpieces, door lintels, etc., with
mounds of raw cotton sprinkled with diamond dust or
with shaved white tissue paper. To the trees or boughs
attach snowballs for sale. Several kinds of balls are
available. The candy-boxes, in snowball shape, which
any candy store can supply, if filled with bonbons,
would sell well, or snowballs of white popcorn would
be a good idea, or snowballs made of white crepe paper
filled with white confetti (paper) for a snowballing
frolic later on. The candy-boxes might be twenty-
five cents, the other balls five apiece.

For the evening's fun have a contest in throwing
snowballs at a target. These balls are ordinary India
rubber ones covered with raw cotton and then rolled
in flour. The target is a circlet cut from black paper.

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The balls are rented at five for five cents and each ball
represents a '' throw." There is a prize for the person
who scores highest during the evening.

For refreshments sell Great Blizzard (ice-cream)
at ten cents a portion, and Snowscene (white frosted
cake) at five cents a portion.


The children's Helping Hand Society of one pro-
gressive town gave a novel sociable toward the be-
ginning of the year, issuing tickets at twenty-five cents
which entitled the guests to the privilege of celebrating
their birthdays. Needless to say the little helpers
were as usual in charge of, or aided by, several grown-
up persons.

Each of the children invited was asked to come
wearing something to suggest the month in which he
was born. By this was meant not necessarily a cos-
tume; a head-dress served, as in the case of the Httle
girls born in the spring months, who wore crowns of
tissue-paper violets and daisies, and carried bouquets
of the same; or it might be merely a novel trimming,
as when the winter children wore coats and hats orna-
mented with ermine — cotton-batting fur set off with
big spots of black water-color paint or charcoal.
Some of the summer children merely wore summer-

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time frocks of white or pale colors, with paper sun-
shades or fans.

A corner of the big room was given to each of the
four seasons. Thus the winter corner had pine-boughs
with cotton-batting snow sprinkled with silver dust
and interspersed with glass icicles; the spring corner
showed various spring flowers made from crepe paper;
the summer corner, a miniature haystack, with hay-
wagons; and autumn had fruit and artificial autumn

When all the children had arrived, each youngster
was directed to the portion of the room which repre-
sented the season in which he was born, to play a game
appropriate to that particular time of year.

In the winter season they searched for snow crystals.
These w^re cut from six-inch squares of white egg-
shell cardboard. The designs were enlarged and
adapted from an illustration in a text-book on ele-
mentary physics. Each crystal, when completed, was
cut in half, the halves being hidden at a distance from
each other. When a small guest had discovered half
a crystal, he tried to find the matching half and put
them together. This plan could substitute the ex-
citing contest of knocking fruit or candies from the
bough of a tree, with snowballs, if time was lacking
to prepare the crystals.

In the spring corner a set of post-cards representing
wild flowers were cut in half and hidden. The little

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people endeavored to match the flowers with their
stems. Making paper flowers, or cutting flower
shapes out of paper, could be substituted if desired.

In the siunmer corner the children filled little toy
farm wagons with hay, using oyster-forks to ''pitch''
it; and there was also an apple race, which consisted
in passing red apples rapidly along contesting Hnes
into baskets.

The autumn children were first called on to tint,
with water-color, leaf shapes cut from cardboard.
Afterward they had a blindfold game, which consisted
in carrying a boy doll marked ''Truant" to a school-
house drawn on a curtain and affixing him there with
a pin. Those who brought the truant nearest to the
school were pronounced winners of the game.

At the end of twenty minutes' play the bell rang
as a signal for all the games to be discontinued, while
the players progressed in respective groups to enjoy
the games of other people's birthday season.

Before proceeding, however, to the next quarter-
year, the Kttle people were conducted into an adjoining
room where was revealed the surprise of the occasion
— ^birthday presents for everybody. There were four
tables representing the seasons, and on each table
were arranged favors, all simple, but of the sort which
pleases children.

On the winter table were candy icicles, crepe-paper
bags filled with paper confetti snow, frosted holiday

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cards, wands covered with silver paper, surmounted
by stars and tinsel, cotton snowballs with whistles
in the center, and snowballs of white sugar popcorn.
At the spring table were tissue-paper flowers with
mottoes glued in, paper flower patterns, watering-pots,
spades and other tools cut from cardboard and then
silvered, and packages of Japanese water toys. At
the summer table there were home-braided straw
hats for the girls' dolls, and for the boys, gilt and silver
fish with riddles written in red ink on their sides.
There were lady apples dipped in melted sugar and
impaled on skewers, and Httle bales of hay with bright
new pennies at the very core. At the autumn table
there were httle boxes containing chestnuts or pop-
corn, blotters and needle-books in the form of colored
leaves, and pencils and pads for play instead of study.

When the tables had been stripped, each small
person had received his birthday present. This over,
all progressed to the next season and its games.
Meanwhile the snow crystals had been reshufiied and
rehidden; the flowers and their stems again separated;
the summer hay supply looked as if it had never been
disturbed, and the apples were ready for another race.
All the children progressed to play all the seasonable
games, but after the first round there were no more
birthday gifts.

The refreshments carried out the same scheme as
the games and decorations, each course representing

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one of the seasons. Winter was represented in the
cups of steaming soup served with salted crackers;
spring was creamed chicken in green paper cases
trimmed with paper buttercups and daisies; summer
took the form of ice-cream decorated with tiny paper
fans; and autumn was represented by nuts, sugared
popcorn, and the marshmallows we toast around the
first hearth fire of the fall.


For this picturesque Httle wintertime entertainment
the invitation cards were decorated with tiny pen-and-
ink sketches of hearthstones with burning logs thereon.
The gathering was named as ''A Firelight Social,"
and the guests were urged in the text to ''come and
read the pictures in the fire " on a certain day and date.

The company arrived on the occasion appointed to
find the Hving-hall lighted by a genial hickory blaze
which formed the principal illumination, other lumin-
aries in the form of gas and lamps being turned low
or extinguished. The fireplace itself was prettily set
off with a background of green pine boughs and gar-
lands of hemlock and evergreen.

After an exchange of greetings all gathered around
the fireplace while the entertainer read aloud the
touching passages from "Our Mutual Friend" where
Lizzie Hexam reads the pictures in the glowing fire-

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light for her younger brother. Afterward paper and
pencils were distributed and each was asked to write
a short description of the picture seen in the fire on
the present occasion. There were no specifications,
each one writing the tale his fancy suggested, without
restrictions, save as to time. At the end of ten min-
utes the papers were collected and read by the hostess
who awarded a framed picture representing a firehght
scene for the one considered cleverest.

The awarding of the prize was followed by a sym-
posium of ghost stories original or otherwise. A
popular novel was presented to the player whose tale
was adjudged most hair-raising. Corn was popped
and marshmallows were toasted on pointed sticks.
Just before adjourning for supper a clever amateur
reader dressed in old-time costume came quietly out
from the shadows and delighted the company with
several love poems, among them Owen Meredith's
" Aux Italiens." Two of the recitations were delivered
with an accompaniment of low music.

Supper was served at httle tables by candle-light
and consisted of sandwiches, cider, coffee, cookies,
nuts and other such homely good things.

To arrange the social as a money raiser, plan to sell
faggots at five cents each which guests may purchase
to keep the fire blazing throughout the evening. Sell
also candles for lighting the room and refreshments at
five cents a portion. If desired, there might be an
admission charge of ten cents a head.

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During the month of February, when we begin to
look forward with longing to the termination of Jack
Frost's reign in the land, a social that is timely and
very pretty is a Tropical Evening. If you can secure
any local artistic talent, have the invitations decorated
with tiny sketches representing palm trees under which
dusky natives sit plying palm-leaf fans.

Below the drawing write this brilliant exposition
of the object of the affair :

'Tis money sets the mare in motion

And lack of it started this tropical notion.

A Tropical Reception. At Sunday School Hall,

Friday, February 6, at 8.30 P. m.
Entrance and supper, fifty cents.

To produce the effect of luxuriant tropical arbores-
cence, borrow as many potted palms. India-rubber
plants, etc., as possible. Artificial growths, if equa-
torial in character, are very good for the purpose.
With paper flowers and vines create bowers of southern
luxuriance, and overhead have paper lanterns and fairy
lamps for the necessary charming glow. Have garden
benches arranged around as if out of doors and plenty
of fans and sofa pillows.

Boys with burnt cork complexion and dressed in
white serve the tea and v/afers or lemonade which the

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entrance fee includes. Later on comes supper at
little tables in another room similarly trimmed.
Music on stringed instruments, and vocal quartets,
etc., during the evening add to the pleasure of the


For a money-making social held on St. Valentine's
Day quite a little money can be taken in, and a most
enjoyable program furnished, where the guests are
young unmarried folk, by a Valentine Post-ofhce.
The Post-ofhce is a booth made of a large packing-box
turned on end and covered with pink crepe paper,
roses and hearts. There should be a window, for
which cardboard will serve, and a pretty, quick-
witted girl appointed postmistress. In advance of
the entertainment original valentines are solicited
for the young people of both sexes to be sold at from
two to five cents each according to what it is thought
the company is prepared to pay. The postmistress
should have a hst of those whose valentines are for
sale hung up outside of her window and the first to
apply for any item on the list should have the privilege
of buying it on payment of the Hsted price.

When the first mail has been distributed in this way,
aU guests should have the privilege of sending valen-
tines through the Post-office to members of the com-
pany present. Such missives can only be written on

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note-paper furnished by the postmistress at two cents
a sheet, envelope one cent more, and stamp (for which
the postmistress may sell canceled ones), two cents
more. Pen and ink are furnished free of charge, or
they may be "rented."

Refreshments, coming last of all, cost ten or fifteen
cents, according to what you elect to have in the way
of viands. Thus hot chocolate and heart-shaped sand-
wiches filled with cream cheese and chopped nuts
could be sold at ten cents, while rolled tongue sand-
wiches and lemonade might be priced at fifteen cents.


The fun of a Washington's Birthday Social and the
profit as well might be based on an amusing fine.
This feature is kept a complete secret until all those
expected are on the scene. The entertainer then calls
on every one to perform some feat in honor of immortal
George, the feat having been previously agreed on.

For instance, each may be required to make a
sketch of the Father of His Country or to cut a sil-
houette of his dignified physiognomy from cardboard
or paper. Two ladies, costumed respectively as Co-
lumbia and Martha Washington, to raise a laugh, are
appointed judges. All contestants whose work is
passed by them are eHgible to draw for some trifling

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prize, but all who fail to pass, and you may be sure
that the greater part will fail under the watchful
scrutiny of these ladies, are fined from five to twenty-
five cents each. The fine imposed is the same for
each guest, of course, but it should be imposed with a
view to what the particular company being enter-
tained will feel able to contribute to the good cause.

Those who prefer a veritable contest instead of a
comic one might arrange a series of dates relating to
Washington's career — his birth and death, etc. —
which the competitors must give correctly or submit
to a fine.

Home-made booklets with maxims from George
Washington in fancy lettering on the pages have been
found to sell well at ten cents each on this occasion.
Finish each wee book prettily with ribbon and have a
single quotation on each page. Another good seller
is made by obtaining the penny print portrait of the
great man, mounting it on a square of art cardboard
and finishing with a tiny calendar, or a quotation
written in gilt letters.

Another popular novelty is a small cotton flag with
a head of George Washington painted or cut out and
pasted thereon.

A further intake comes with refreshments. Plan
the menu to tempt all classes of visitors. Twenty-
five cents is a popular price, and while the purchasing
power of any small sum varies according to locality

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and season, the following could easily be offered in
most places for this amount.

Creamed Oysters on Toast. Cucumbers. Oysterettes.

Pineapple Salad. French Dressing. Dutch Cake.




Members of a progressive church and Sunday school
devised a plan for raising money at Easter season,
which, although an experiment, turned out very suc-
cessfully. It contained the germ of an idea for other
committees which, although good at carrying out a
plan when presented, lack the power to originate.

The event was heralded by green and white posters
tacked up in public places and decorated in a design
of Easter lihes, while invitations, printed on white
cards shaped in outline like the lovely blooms them-
selves, were sent to all church members likely to be
interested. Purchase of a ticket costing but twenty-
five cents admitted the buyer to the social event in
the school hall, with refreshments and a souvenir,
and to the adjoining room where the lily fair was held.

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Green for Trimming

Both rooms were prettily trimmed with garlands
of green and white tissue paper caught up at intervals
with big bunches of crepe-paper lihes fashioned by
the nimble feminine fingers of the congregation.
Each member of the committee undertook to supply
one or more flowering Easter lilies in pots to be sold
for the good of the cause.

These flowers with nicely covered pots made up the
stock in trade of the Hly sale and were sold at regular
market prices. A few remaining over toward the
close of the evening were auctioned off to the highest
bidder. Meanwhile in the adjoining amusement hall
an appropriate program was being given. This began
with a short paper on the ''Story of the Lily," illus-
trated with tableaux. This was followed by some
well rendered Easter music and a lily drill performed
by the young girls of the congregation. The per-
formers were dressed in white with green trimmings
and each carried a long beautiful lily spray. It was
all very graceful and pretty and won much applause.

The Social Program
The second part of the program was purely social.
It began with games, one of which consisted in bhnd-
folding the players and sending each in turn armed
with a pair of scissors to clip a lily from an artificial
plant of extraordinary size specially prepared for the

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game. Each blossom contained an inexpensive gift
or fortune, and any one who succeeded in clipping one
retained the contents of the calyx as a souvenir of
the evening.

During another round cards and pencils were passed
and each player had ten minutes in which to think up
a quotation about a lily and the name of the author.
Bell signals were sounded at the beginning and end of
the ten-minute round and all who succeeded in remem-
bering a verse or an apt phrase about the appropriate
bloom drew for the possession of a beautiful natural
plant with numerous flowers.

The Lily White Table

White and green were the colors chosen for the
buffet table on which the refreshments were set forth.
The centerpiece consisted of the blossom of the hour
in vases of green Bohemian glass. There were white
rolled sandwiches tied with pale green ribbon, and
others square in shape.

Almost all the viands were donated by tradesmen
interested in the church work. Quantities of little
cakes iced in white and green and of the most delicious
sort were the contribution of a neighborhood baker,
while the local confectioner supplied free of cost the
little individual blocks of ice-cream welded white and
green. Tea, coffee, and chocolate were poured by
several popular patronesses of the affair.

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Here's A New Flower Show
Girls who want to earn money for their church or a
charity can do it during the spring season in a novel
way. Let each girl costume as a flower, looking her
prettiest, while each man on the evening of the enter-
tainment pays twenty-five cents to purchase a posy.
This payment could entitle the swain to the first and
last dances on the program with his chosen flower.
Or, if a comic plan is preferred, let each girl represent
a different item in the seedman's catalogue. Some
are flowers, others vegetables, while the men are
gardeners. Each man paying twenty-five cents re-
ceives a gaudy envelope of the kind that seeds come
in. When this is opened the horticultural name of the
girl purchased is found there. He must recognize her
by her costume — the vegetables inspire very novel
and pretty dresses, by the way. To add further to
the proceeds of the evening, appetizing cold suppers
packed in new flower-pots may be sold at twenty-five
cents a flower-pot.


For any week while the woodbine is in bloom a
honeysuckle tea makes a charming little entertain-

The ideal setting is, of course, a porch embowered,
as so many are at this season, with the lovely vine.

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although with a generous supply of the fragrant blooms
to distribute around in bowls and vases it may also be
given indoors.

A conventional invitation, such as the hostess's
visiting card, with the day, place, and hour and the
words "Honeysuckle Tea" in the lower left-hand cor-
ner, will serve every purpose.

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