I try to have sit-down family meals in the evening. Does it happen every night? No. But it is something I’m working on.
A couple weeks ago, we had guests over for dinner two nights in the same week, which is a lot for us. One thing I hate when I’m trying to have a sit down meal—especially with guests—is scrambling to get the table set at the last second. But here’s something I stumbled on and that I quite like doing:
Set your table early!
On the first day that we were to have guests in the evening, I experienced a brief lull in the afternoon while waiting for my oldest’s bus to drop him off from school. So I decided to go ahead and set the table for that night and guess what? It was fantastic. I was able to fold napkins nicely and set them with the place-settings and there was no last-minute rush to get the table set when our guests arrived. I did it again a few nights later when we had other people over and since then I’ve been trying to do it for plain ol’ family dinner nights. I don’t get to it every time we have family meals but it does make things run a little more smoothly on the nights that I do manage to do this ahead of time.
Now, if you use your dining table for other things besides eating, I apologize! This probably won’t work so well for you. We are lucky now to have our kitchen nook table and the kids also have a kid-sized table that we use for homework, crafts, etc. So our dining table is pretty open (except when I need a large space for cutting fabric). It also occurs to me that at some point I’ll be able to have my kids set the table by themselves and that will be a great day. But today is not that day.
Hopefully this idea will help make someone’s dinner time a little easier. And can’t we all use an easier dinner time?