|me as a kid at the grown up table in the formal dining area.|
I have learned one very important lesson in the death of my mother, and that is, life is short. There are no more times to celebrate with her, those have ended. So, now I celebrate the moments I have left with the ones I love with flair. I want them to know how special they are, how important and loved they are, how this celebration is worthy of the good stuff. They are worth the fine things, the extra attention to detail, even the extra effort in cleaning up.
|My Sister at the kids table, the room behind her is the formal dinning area, this is the kitchen.|
I now go all out when I invite friends over for tea as well. It's easy for me to post recipes and pictures of friends and family, but sharing how I set it up and what goes into the planning, that takes more effort. I can plan for a while on how, and what I will share, what food I will present, what table settings I will use. These are the rituals that I enjoy, and savor but they are hard to explain. I will do my best though.
|Setting up for tea|
|A More informal Thanksgiving setting|
|Partially set Christmas ever dinner table, the tea cups were out of place but we did not have a bread plate.|
I was watching a comedian with my hubby, Larry the Cable Guy go to visit interesting sites Only in America. One of his stops was at the home of Emily Post. Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy — Episode Guide — History.com Larry Makes Moonshine. (2011). The History Channel website. Retrieved 4:15, March 25, 2011, from http://www.history.com/shows/only-in-america-with-larry-the-cable-guy/episodes/episodes-guide.This was hilarious to me, Larry is not known for manners at all and Emily Post was the Etiquette Queen. If you get a chance watch the episode, the family of Emily Post is continuing the legacy.
All of this started me thinking about how many people I know here in my circle, who are not familiar with formal dinner settings, or many other formalities that I was raised to know. I thought I should share. I do not have kids to pass this stuff down to yet, and so you reading have become my students in this post. I hope you will allow me to share.
|The glass was moved on this place setting, and I'm still teased about the place cards. Everyone was family, but the holders are Christmas themed, and we only host the Christmas Eve dinner with family each year.|
I love sharing recipes and other things, but the real satisfaction is from the whole package. I did Medifast, and although the food was nourishing, and my hunger was satisfied, I was never completely sure that I had really eaten. I started to bring my lunch with real utensils, and cloth napkins, to aid in the appearance of an actually dining experience. I am eating real, whole foods now, and I am truly thankful. There are some things that make sitting down to a meal together, magical. People talk, ideas are shared, there is a time to relax and just be in the presence of those we love and cherish.
|Buffet Table Setting|
Remember to use the utensils on the outside first and work your way in. That is a helpful thing to remember if you are in a social setting where you are using unfamiliar utensils.
Here are some links to help you if you need to brush up, or learn it new entirely.
Table Settings with cheat sheets.
Tip of the day: Properly Setting The Table
Entertaining Table Setting
Have fun entertaining, and hosting family events. Use the good stuff, and savor the memories.