"The garden paths were lit by coloured lamps, as is the custom in Italy, and the supper table was laden with candles and flowers, as is the custom in all countries where they understand how to dress a table, which when properly done is the rarest of all luxuries."
Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo, from "The Ball"
Brooklyn, June 2008
Even if the flower is a dandelion, it makes all the difference. The bubbly doesn't hurt, either.