Somebody has to draw the line, and if it takes a 90-pound Jewish grandmother bedecked in a doily to do it, so be it.
There was no doily, either paper or otherwise, although the usual tray was so covered.
A bowl half-full of water is placed upon a plate covered with a doily.
Canapés are usually served cold, on a plate covered with a doily; the canapé is placed on this.
As represented this doily is about three-fourths of its actual size.
The finger bowls may be set on plates of dessert size with a doily underneath.
Grass table-mats are also used, but always under cloth or doily.
It is like giving a hungry woodchopper a doily, a Nabisco wafer, and a finger-bowl.
A fool and a doily stuff would now and then find days of grace, and be worn for variety.
Each guest must be supplied with a fruit plate, doily, finger-bowl, fruit-knife and fork or spoon.
1714, short for doily-napkin (1711), from doily "thin, woolen fabric;" supposedly from Doiley, surname of a 17c.-early 18c. dry-goods dealer on London's Strand. Doily earlier meant "genteel, affordable woolens" (1670s), evidently from the same source. The surname is d'Ouilly, from one of several places called Ouilly in Normandy.