There are times when wisdom cannot be found in the chambers of parliament or the halls of academia
but at the unpretentious setting of the kitchen table. -EA Bucchianeri, author
And how many of us have wondered, "How DOES an unpretentious setting of the kitchen table look?" Since you may have read our recent posts on the importance of Family Dinners and Manners for Kids, we couldn't neglect providing simple tips for setting the table. How difficult can it be, right? Well, it depends on how extravagantly you want your look to be. But there are some general basic “rules” that apply and, once learned, are pretty easy to remember:
Finishing your table with a few decorations doesn't have to be complicated or expensive. Bringing in a little of the outside world like fresh fruit, vegetables, plants or sprigs, make natural accents that can spruce up (pun intended) any table. Just check them for unwanted crawly critters and be sure the plants are non-toxic!
Because there is such a wide array of decorating preferences from the very simple to the beautifully elegant, each dressed table will take on a personality of its own. Be creative and try several things until you achieve just the right look.
Do you want to include your kids' help with your table? Let them show their own artistic flair by drawing or coloring pictures or designs on strips of brown or white paper that can later be taped around napkins for unique and original napkin rings. And with Thanksgiving coming in a few weeks, you'll wanna see these ideas for decorating your table with kids.
Ready to get started? We'd love to see pics of your place settings and unique table decorating ideas! Please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we may showcase them in an upcoming blog.
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