cenabis: to add to the humorous effect of what follows, the first two verses of invitation are phrased in a tone of lofty condescension, almost as if Catullus were conferring a munificent boon upon a humble friend. The verse is imitated in Mart. 11.52.1 “cenabis belle, Iuli Cerealis, apud me.”
 The tone of dignity and condescension is kept up by the absurd twist of the modest phrase si mihi di favent, and the effect is angmented by the extreme indefiniteness of the time set. Catullus has not quite yet determined the important question when he will offer his Barmecide feast. But some critics understand paucis diebus to imply that Fabullus is not yet in the city, and the time of his arrival is uncertain.
 candida puella: i.e. a psaltria, as in the invitation of Horace to Hirpinus, Hor. Carm. 2.11.21ff. With the adjective cf. Catul. 68.134 “candidus Cupido” ; Catul. 35.8 “candida puella” ; Catul. 68.70 “candida diva” ; Catul. 86.1 “Quintia est candida” ; Hor. Epod. 2.27 “ardor puellae candidae” .
 plenus aranearum: denoting utter abandonment and emptiness; cf. Catul. 68.49; Pl. Aul. 83 “nam hic apud nos nihil est aliud quaesti furibus; ita inaniis sunt oppletae atque araneis” ; and more precisely Afran. 412 R. tamne arcula tua plena est aranearum? R. Browning, Ring and Book 5.49 “when the purse he left held spider-webs.”
 unguentum: when fine, one of the most expensive accompaniments of feasts; cf. Catul. 6.8n. Martial (Mart. 3. 12), apparently inspired by this poem, chides a Fabullus for furnishing his guests with good ointment, but nothing else.
 meae puellae: undoubtedly Lesbia; cf. Catul. 3.3n.; the lack of anything but happy feeling in the memory indicates that this poem was written while the love of Catullus for Lesbia was still untroubled by disagreement or suspicion, — therefore about 60 B.C.
 Ellis quotes Ben Jonson, Cynthia's Revels 5.2 “you would wish yourself all nose for the love on't (a perfume).”