The Hart dining room table set with the “company dishes” for the holidays. (Betsy’s House)

Anna banged on the gong to summon them to oyster stew. She was wearing a white apron and her hair was curled. The dining room table was set with the company dishes, but the room was littered with tissues and ribbons, and packages, large and small. (Quote from Betsy and Joe by Maud Hart Lovelace)