At My Favorite Beach House, we are a more than a little concerned about not just the dwindling of beauty and formality in our meal presentations, but the complete lack thereof.
Oh, how much we understand that everyone is stressed and hurried and meal time often becomes a chore and not a delight. But let's consider a long forgotten possibility... What if setting the table was a much anticipated opportunity to take out beautiful dinner plates that you just want to hold and look at a little while longer? What if while placing the flatware on the table you secretly had to hold each piece and look at it more closely, fondly remembering the last time the people you love sat at this table and shared a wonderful meal time of fellowship and commaraderie with this very fork or knife or spoon?
What if you realized that the wine looked richer and the flavor even seemed more blissful in a wine glass that is almost an objet d'art? Word will get out: only at your table can one's wine be enjoyed suspended and sparkling atop a beautiful pewter octopus! What if your table was set with fine linen placemats and napkins and hand printed table runners, bringing a feeling of warmth and hospitality to each meal that your family and guests couldn't get enough of?
Well, all of those 'what if's' can be realities at your table, whether that table be in a city apartment, beach cottage or suburban home. Now don't think we don't understand that often times preparing and serving a meal at the end of a long work day is just plain work and having extra dishes to do is a ridiculous prospect.
But what if...oops, there's another one of those 'what if's'...one day a week or a month or every other month or whatever you can manage, luncheon or dinner or brunch or breakfast was an actual occasion instead of a chore to be dreaded? What if the table was beautifully set, food was lovingly prepared, loved ones were gathered and time was set aside to lanuish at the table together, laughing and sharing and enjoying mealtimes as the Europeans do...looking upon at least this one meal as an event and an opportunity to spend time with those we love? What if everything from the appetizers to dessert, trays of iced tea to heaping bowls of crisp salad were served with, on and in beautiful glassware, trays, cheese boards and dessert stands, re-igniting your passion for hospitality?
What if you decided to start somewhere and treat yourself (or someone you love) to a beautiful set of flatware that you will anxiously await each time they come out of the drawer? What if you set a tradition of always having mimosas or sangria or iced tea in a beautiful pitcher on your table at every gathering? What if, even if only every now and then, your beautiful, elegant dinnerware re-awakened in you the absolute joy of entertaining, even if just for your own family?
And don't forget that the most unusual sea and coastal inspired gifts are all right here. What could be a more unique gift than a gorgeous, hand made pewter sea horse atop a bottle stopper? Who but you could have found wonderful, whimsical pewter squid bottle openers to put in everyone's stockings?
At the very least, treat yourself to some decadent linen kitchen towels. Honestly, drying your hands or even washing dishes seems a little less like work when your reward is the unmistakable feel of soft, luxurious, 100% linen at your fingertips. Yes. You do indeed deserve that!
We invite you to return to gracious living with a little help from us at My Favorite Beach House!