Kettledrum

A large social party, originally applied to a military party in India, where drum-heads served for tables. On Tweedside it signifies a “social party,” met together to take tea from the same tea-kettle. (See Drum, Hurricane.)

Kettledrum,
a drum in the shape of a kiddle or fish-basket.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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