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Tuesday Tea No.36~ Breaking Out the China…
Welcome to Tuesday Tea! I hope you are enjoying a delicious cup of something lovely though you may not prefer it hot today. I had Harney and Sons Passion Fruit tea and it tasted delicious! Perhaps you are using a ‘china’ cup today—there’s nothing quite like china is there?
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Frankly, I think I need another cup! I wrote such a nice post this morning and was all done at about 9:30 am when Dear Hubby came in to chat about some things that had come up with one of the kids.
One thing led to another…and I began cleaning to get ready for company tonight and can you believe it? I forgot clean about Tuesday Tea!! I DID get my desk all clean and orderly, set up new files (with pretty folders) and was feeling so good about all I had accomplished. Somehow, as I was cleaning I got to thinking of a post I had written a long time ago about putting everything back in the exact right place. Before you know it..that’s what I was doing.
Sigh.. I decided to move the computer from the dining table where Rebekah and I were having tea and laughing over facebook posts..to my desk.. Out went my power..and my post disappeared..just like that! I must surely be the MOST sidetracked person on the planet!
I was planning to chat about how amazing the effect of music, candlelight, crystal, and especially CHINA can have on even the simplest meal or occasion. It was on my mind because we just celebrated Dear Hubby’s birthday last night. I set the table super nice!
Funny..I just wasn’t ‘feeling it’ last night--you know?…the celebration..the excitement… It was the strangest thing, I must say! I just couldn’t get ‘in the mood’.
We were having grilled rib-eye steaks and baked potatoes, green beans and a store bought chocolate type pie. It really was the most basic of meals..but one of Tim’s favorites. It’s always tough making a ‘festive’ birthday for an adult when they just aren’t the ‘festive’ type. Tim can never even decide what he would like for a gift and he doesn’t want a big fuss made. So it always takes some of the ‘umph’ out of my preparations.
Since I couldn’t think what else to do, I decided to just set the table really nice and started pulling out the linen tablecloth…and setting out the china and crystal. The more I worked the more beautiful the table looked. One thing led to another and the next thing you know…the whole setting rivaled the Olive Garden!
I put on an old record of ‘dinner music’ (instrumental piano) which really added some ambiance. Then I got out the silver (actually this is nice stuff but not the real thing.) I have the real thing, I just didn’t get it out this time.
We even set out tea cups and saucers to hold coffee to accompany our dessert--We rarely do that. The table really did look special and with the music and candlelight.. everything suddenly seemed festive. :o) Tim certainly loved it. He and the kids and I chatted over dinner and it seemed to me that they all lingered much longer over the table than we normally do. I was convinced it was the ‘atmosphere’.
It made me wonder why I don’t ‘break out the china’ more often. I decided, right then and there, to plan a weekly ‘wow’ meal. And why not? It’s just a bit of dishwashing which never hurt anyone. (Don’t want to put china or silver in the dishwasher of course!) We lay out a big bath towel on the counter for the occasion and let everything air dry. (I usually dry silver right away though.)
In my original post, I talked quite a bit about our china, how we finally managed to get some (on sale of course-tee-hee!) and how it has been so iconic in most homemaker’s homes over the decades. But now, I’ve lost my train of thought so it will have to wait for another day, I’m afraid.
Still…if our little family birthday dinner experience..that was miraculously transformed from ordinary..to memorable… inspires you...then I’m sure it’s ‘enough’ for today’s tea chat. :o)
Do you use your china very often? Why or why not? Do you feel that sit down family dinners have been lost in the rush of our modern world’s hectic pace of living as I do?
Perhaps it’s time that we all ‘broke out our china’ and let it grace our tables just a little bit more often…even if it’s only for one or two.
If you would like to see some incredible place settings and lovely tables…you will definitely want to visit these ladies’ special tea parties. They are certainly inspiring!
Linking with these lovely ladies...
Tracie at Cottage Flora Thursday
Lady Katherine's Tea Time Tuesday
The Plumed Pen's Tea for Two
Rose Chintz Tea Time Tuesday
Martha's Favorite Teacup Tuesday