By: Jessica DePasquale
There is something beautiful about having a house full of people. When we are gathered around the table, it turns friends into family. I love a kitchen filled with the smell of sautéed garlic and fresh baked bread. Nothing is more cozy than when the couch is so crammed with people that we’re sitting on the floor and putting our arms around each other.
Hospitality is truly a gift—I feel honored when I am invited into people’s homes, and I feel even more honored when people accept an invitation into mine. It is beautiful to sit down for a meal together, it’s a great way to spend quality time and share good food.
Setting the table can be thought of as a chore or as another stressful thing to do to get ready for guests, but think about what setting the table is saying. Setting the table says, “You are loved and I’m so glad you’re here.” Setting the table says, “Get ready for a night of deep conversations and a million laughs.” Setting the table says, “You are blessed with a home, with food, and with friends.”
Light the candles. Fold the napkins. Fill the glasses. Welcome the guests.
Setting the table might seem unimportant or like a chore, but it means so much more. Its a step to creating an atmosphere of community + acceptance.