Posts tagged "welcome table"

The Art We Make at the Table

This is a story of two tables. The first is round. The wood is dark, and the square pedestal is cracked. We bought the table as newlyweds. We spent weeks hunting for chairs to match. The six chairs we found were always a little wobbly, but the warm, wood color was just right. It needed sixteen years, but we did, eventually, grow to fill those chairs. Jonathan and myself. Two...

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Parties, Porcelain, and Giving My Best

For years, I strived to host perfect holiday parties, as if they were an exam to pass. Hours before guests arrived, I dressed the table with my porcelain best, each item set precisely in its place. Thin lines of shimmering silver bordered its delicate rose pattern. Folded linen napkins bloomed on the plate. My china, a wedding gift from 1980, held not a single chip or scratch. I’d stand on...

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A Journey Home: Book Club Begins Now

Our lives are stories built of small moments. ~Christie Purifoy   Home. When we talk about home the word itself usually brings an image or feeling to mind almost immediately. As people who spend a lot of time talking about hospitality, this word carries a weight that connects us to our communities and how we share (or don't share) our home with others, by way of inviting, feeding, providing shelter, and even,...

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How Miss Annie Saved Thanksgiving

Dad sat all five of us down in the living room--including the youngest, who didn't really sit, despite the sober atmosphere in the room.  "Mom's really sick, kids. She has pneumonia. She's gonna get better, but she's going to have to rest. To stay in bed for a few days." He saw the confusion in our faces. Mom never stayed in bed. And this week was Thanksgiving! What about the...

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Anything But Ordinary

“Mama, how many places should I set?” my daughter calls from the living room, where she’s setting out cloth napkins on the dining table. Hands deep in the salad bowl, massaging kale with salt, I say, “It’s Wednesday,” as if this answers her question. And, in our house, it does: “Okay, I’ll set seven.” For years, we have had three friends over for dinner every week. They don’t come on...

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Why We Go To The Table

Don't let the dreamy romantics fool you. Nor the Martha Stewart bunch, which makes entertaining appear seamless. The truth of the matter is this business of gathering around the table day in and day out is hard stuff. It's not for the faint of heart, and not something you can just sing your way to the tune of, "Life hands you lemons, make lemonade."   Like anything in life, it's...

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