The Spirit of Sharing a Lovely Table

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A well-set table is as important as the food.  Whether you are celebrating one of life’s milestones or just enjoying a beautiful day, there is no reason not to create an atmosphere as extraordinary as the menu.  If you love to cook creatively, why not decorate the table in the same way?  It doesn’t take a bank loan to make a lovely table, just some imagination.  Some things as simple as a bowl of lemons or apples will transform an ordinary table.  Sprigs of fresh herbs can tucked inside a napkin and it only took a few steps to the garden to create this lovely effect.

Since yesterday was the first day of Spring, the first item I think about using for table decoration is Lilies of the Valley, my favorite flower, although lilacs run a pretty close second.  Actually, I like them in combination.  The scent and effect are heavenly.

Look at the book’s cover photo and see how the napkin is folded to cradle the flower.  A simple napkin fold can enhance an entire setting – and it’s so easy!  Here’s how to do it:


Did you know that napkin rings are a Victorian invention?  Each family member had his or her own napkin ring, usually with their initials, or sometimes even with engravings of hobbies or other interests.  The napkin would be reused for several meals so they would not have to be laundered so frequently!  After each meal, everyone put their napkin back into their designated ring.
With Spring here, graduations, weddings, Easter, Passover, and other gatherings and celebrations will be in full swing soon,  so I thought it would be a good time to have this lovely book as the giveaway for this week.  When you are planning menus, plan the table setting, too.  I hope the book will give you some ideas.
To enter the drawing for the “Table Settings,” send me your name and email address by 11:59 pm CST, Saturday, March 26, to [email protected]   and I will email the winner of the random drawing.  Good luck and happy Spring!
Congratulations to Cathy W. from Minnesota whose name was drawn as the winner of “Muffins,” the cookbook from yesterday’s drawing.

2 Responses to The Spirit of Sharing a Lovely Table

  1. March 21, 2011 at 11:13 am #

    Now THAT’s a table setting! Looks like an interesting book. Thanks for presenting such
    a wide variety of really great books!

  2. March 21, 2011 at 4:45 pm #

    Thanks, Lesley! The book is great! My favorite was the herbs in the napkin.

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