Ah the forlorn paper doily, won't see one of those on a Ham and Pickle buffet, not now, not ever. Wikipedia attributes the invention of the crocheted doily to Margret Douche (1823 to 1904) and notes that the use of the paper doily took off in the 1950s and was considered a sign of "upward social mobility," how times have advanced. Happily the wretched paper doily has been in terminal decline, and with any luck will totally disappear from the food service and buffet industry altogether in short order, and thereafter with any luck all of existence. Crocheted doilies on furniture will defend against scratches, a paper doily on a buffet attaches itself like a limpet to the underside of a tuna and cucumber sandwich or welds itself on to a delicious smoked salmon and cream cheese puff, or is absorbed into a slice of very nice chocolate cake. Liberate your buffets, burn the wretched doily!