How many of us have beautiful china, serving pieces, candlesticks, vases sitting on a shelf collecting dust? I would be the first one to say, "I do." So many times I think we feel like the "good" stuff is only to be used for special occasions. NOTHING could be further from the truth! We should take great joy in using these "special" items because they will add not only beauty to our homes but also make our families feel extra special. Aren't those two goals that we as homemakers would love to achieve? Of course, when we use these special items we should do it with the utmost care because we should always treat with respect what we have been given, but we shouldn't be so worried about something breaking or chipping that we nearly have a panic attack when we see somebody using them! Why do we have these beautiful things if we aren't going to enjoy them?
All this got me to thinking about what "special" things I could bring to our dinner table so I went on a "scavenger hunt" this week. You will never guess where! In my dining room! I looked through my china hutch and brought out some pieces I haven't used for a long time! What fun I had doing this! I found beautiful pieces that I had completely forgotten about. What a shame. I know when I originally put them away I was thinking I would bring them out for "special" occasions. But why wait? Make today special! Why don't you go on a "scavenger hunt" and see what special pieces you can find that you can bring out so that you and your family can enjoy them!
I have always loved this antique pitcher and I thought it would be the perfect way to replenish our water when we are sitting at the dinner table. Much better than getting up and getting it out of the faucet!
Instead of always using Tupperware I can bring out my pretty goblets!
Instead of using paper napkins I can use some pretty cloth napkins for a change!
After baking cookies, instead of putting them in aluminum foil or in a ziploc bag I can put them on a pretty plate and display them proudly!
Finally, when given a chance I plan on using fresh flowers instead of artificial. I can go on a "scavenger hunt" in my backyard and see what I can come up with. During the winter months when things aren't blooming I can always make a beautiful arrangement of greens and display them in a beautiful vase. What a perfect centerpiece for the dinner table! The fresh flowers will definitely add that perfect touch and make my family feel, "oh, so special!" Those are some of the things that I plan on doing. What about you??? When you get a chance why don't you go on a hunt in your own home? Maybe you could make it your goal to use some of these "found" treasures for your Sunday dinnner. I'd love to hear what treasures you come up with!