Written by monthly Titus 2 contributor, Mrs. Faye Henry
The family home today is a very busy place. Perhaps both parents are working outside of the home and the children may be involved in extracurricular activities. The trend toward either just eating and running or else setting ourselves in front of some entertainment while we gulp down our food is on the rise.
Let's consider the importance of getting back to the table:
Dining together provides so many benefits for helping your family grow into the strong loving unit that the Lord intended. It can be a special time daily for you as a family to consider one another. Each day is full of highs and lows and your dinner table can be a place of encouragement and support...A wonderful time of laughing together... It can also be a lovely way of teaching your children manners, etiquette, and even leadership and hospitality skills.
If mama can make at least one meal a day a happy family time then it will prove to be time of blessing and memory making, and well worth the investment of time and effort.
Frugal tips for setting your dinner table:
- In the photo above are two tea towels which were only one dollar each, divided into two place mats and four napkins.
- Cut one tea towel in two for place mats and the other one into four napkins. I did sew the edges but perhaps you don't really need to...smile...
- The place settings are just thrift store finds.
- Blending the colors can make an attractive but frugal eclectic table.
- Cutting off the two sides of this three dollar vintage table cloth made two table runners, and then I divided the middle into four napkins.
The place settings are two small sets of thrift store vintage dishes blended together to make one large one. We don't need fancy tables all the time, but it is lovely once in a while to have a special family meal.
One last frugal and decorative tip is to collect vintage silverware. It does not need to match and it will add style to your eclectic table settings! Check my site HERE for a green and frugal way to clean your silverware.
Children can help make meal times special by helping mama with the preparations. Helping to cook the food and setting the table can be fun and creative; girls might like to create a centerpiece, and boys can fill water glasses and arrange the chairs or cutlery.
Then, as a family sit down together, holding hands and thanking the Lord for the blessings of food and fellowship.
Remember, sweet mamas, that these lovely days of family pass all too quickly... let's count our blessings and head back to the table!
Mrs. Faye Henry has been married to her sweetheart for over 41 years and together they own a lovely shop in New Brunswick, Canada. She also leads many young ladies, wives, and mothers in "Keepers of the Home" classes that she facilitates in the local community. She has a heart for mentoring younger women and fulfilling the Titus 2 mandate! Won't you pop over and visit Mrs. Henry at The Blessed Hearth? Pour yourself a nice hot cup of tea and stay for awhile. The fire is lit and burning brightly and the candles smell heavenly. Biscuits are in the oven...