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1902 Excerpt: ...ball, four musicians may be engaged--piano,
cornet, violin, and violoncello. The cornet is often dispensed with
in small assemblies, the violin and piano being sufficient. When
the piano alone is used, however limited the number of guests, the
hostess should secure the attendance of a professional pianist,
because the guests ought not to be left to the mercy of those who
happen to be present and can be prevailed on to play, while it
often happens that those who oblige out of courtesy would prefer
taking part in the dance. The place occupied by the orchestra is
understood to be the top -f the room, but it is not always
convenient to adhere strictly to this rule in a private room, but
it is generally the end farthest from the door. The point should be
ascertained by the dancers, as in quadrilles, the top couples lead
off, and uncertainty leads to confusion. Refreshments must of
course be provided for the guests during the. evening; and, as
nothing should be handed round in the ball-room, a refreshment-room
is absolutely necessary. The refreshment-room should, if possible,
be on the same floor as the ball-room, because it is not only
inconvenient, but dangerous, for ladies heated by the dance to
encounter the draught of staircases, while it is most destructive
to their dresses. Provide in the refreshment-room lemonade, tea and
coffee, ices, biscuits, wafers, cake, and cracker-bonbons. Supper
should be laid in a separate room. What it should comprise, must
depend entirely on the taste and resources of those who give the
ball. To order it in from a good confectioner is the simplest plan,
but is apt to prove somewhat expensive. If provided at home, let it
be done on a liberal, but not vulgarly profuse, scale. Substantial
fare, ouch as fowls, ham, tongue, tur...
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