Scary looking, isn't it?
I don't know about you - but I don't think I've ever set the table this way in my life. No matter how many times my mother tried to grill this fact into me - I STILL have to ask my husband which side of the plate the forks go on! It's inconsequential information to me and I don't seem to want to waste the brain space on it.
Offering hospitality to others is a fearful thing to some people, partly because there are manners involved and sometimes you don't exactly know (or remember) what they are.
So this week your challenge is to practice on the people who matter to you the most - your family! No stress, no worries. Just create a festive looking table some night for dinner. Figure out what works and what doesn't for place settings on the table that you have. Try a new recipe that you think you might like to serve for a group. Make sure it works. Just work on your hospitality at home, within the home, and in order to bless those you live with on a daily basis.
I don't know about you all, but when I make a fun deal out of setting the table especially for my kids - they get excited and the whole meal is more pleasant, fun and interesting. So just try something new and work on fine tuning yourself and the "things" you have on hand to work with (i.e., special dining ware, cloth napkins, candles, etc.) in preparation for opening your home to others!
I did this this past week with my family and we had our own little Alice in Wonderland party which was a lot of fun! We plan to do more family parties in the very near future as a result of this experience.