Setting the table isn’t what it used to be for sure. Back in the day, the table was probably (more often than not) set with fresh linens, dishes of all kinds and silverware perfectly laid out according to specific etiquette rules. Today life is busy and hectic and families are running full speed. All the more reason to make dinner time a priority! When I was young, we always set the table. I remember during the holidays, my sister and I would always be assigned the daunting tasks of (hand) washing crystal and shining silver. We dreaded it. But on normal days, our job consisted of setting the dinner table and helping do dishes afterwards while my brother got the easy assignment, taking the trash out (gimmie a break).
Ironically today, as an adult, I still set the table every night with placemats, proper flatware and at the beginning of the week, I try to snip from all my pots outside, a colorful collection of greenery and flowers that can act as a centerpiece for the week. But on the weekends or for special evening, I will go the extra mile and try to set the table properly. Setting the table to me is creating an experience and a memory for my guests. Often times my table scapes are seasonal and or designed for a special occasion.
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