Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Does Your Table Reflect a 'Dry Crust with Peace' Inspite of Your Situation?

Outline on placemats on how to set a table
Outline on placemats on how to set a table

Admittedly, I'm not the first to grab a placemat and draw a place setting on it.

However, my reasons for doing so are not just to teach my children how to properly set a table.

This quote from Kim Eddy's book, A Joyful Momma's Guide to Shopping and Cooking Frugally  really hit home.

"I learned from an older lady that I am in a unique position two make my husband feel like the poorest man on the planet even if he earns a good wage, simply by desiring more and more.  On the other hand, I can also make my husband feel like a rich man when I check my attitude.  I can be blessed and thankful for the plenty he does provide.....Let me give you an example.  When I purchase frugal groceries I can either slop a pile of flavorless rice and beans onto a plate, or I can prepare an elegant meal out of properly seasoned and prepared staple foods such as rice and beans, and present it at the table in such a way that those sitting at the table can't wait to eat."

I am guilty of setting a sloppy table.  My philosophy has been a haphazard "just get it on the table and that's good enough."

So, while we don't serve fillet Mignon or have a 12 ft long ornate cherry table set with the finest linen and china, I can make a better presentation with what we DO have.

Properly set table
Properly set table

With a little work, we can set a aesthetically pleasing table.  We can find fun napkins at our local party store on deep clearance to brighten up the table.  We can plan and use special coupons to buy festive salt and pepper shakers to give our table a holiday feel.

Acorn salt and pepper shakersChristmas salt and pepper shakers

It doesn't take much --- just a little effort!!

Proverbs 17:1
Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife.


  1. Good post! I've never really thought much about the table settings. My dh doesn't eat with us at the table *we only have two chairs that are not broken and the 3rd only my dd can use because she is the lightest*. But I really like this post. I can do this...

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