Today is Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The topic or question of the day is:


Yesterday we talked about Food Fashion and Tablescaping was mentioned.  Meals become pleasurable by the unique presentation of food, shape and design of the dishes, and creative table decorations.  When food is arranged nicely on a plate, the table is clean, set with fresh napkins and pretty glasses, our senses are pleased.

Height also gives a nice dimension to the place setting.  It is important for those who are single to set a nice table and use food fashion ideas.  It prevents over-eating.

Brian Wasink wrote the book Mindless Eating.  He discusses the difference between using fluted cups or short drink glasses, and how they give the appearance of more or less volume.  In actuality, they both hold the same amount.  Our eyes can be tricked.

Setting the table at home:

  1.  De-clutter the table and keep it that way!
  2.  After each meal, clear the table and re-set it for tomorrow.  It is nice to walk out the door in the morning, knowing your table is ready for dinner.
  3. Fold napkins in different ways or collect things that can be used for napkin rings.
  4. Let children set and decorate the table in their own unique way.
  5. Use fluted glasses to give height to a place setting.
  6. Go to garage sales or bargain shopping for cute, inexpensive dishes, placemats or tablecloths and decorations.
  7. Place a wine glass or dessert cup upside down on or next to the plate and place broccoli or other food on top of the stem to attract attention.  Don’t make anyone eat it, and don’t make a big deal of it.  Watch and see how kids will go for it and eat it off the pedestal.
  8. Use smaller plates and cups for children or for those who want to eat fewer calories.
  9. Money bowl – Look for money on the ground and if you cannot find the owner, place in the money bowl.  When it gets full, take it to a local food bank.

Tip or quote of the day:

“Never argue at the dinner table, for the one who is not hungry

always gets the best of the argument”.

 – Voltaire


Tablescaping: Unique table setting

  • Try to find some unique dishes or cups at your local thrift stores.
  • Experiment with fluted glasses vs. short glasses.
  • Fold your napkins a different way and see if anyone notices.



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