i am a huge proponent of adding a touch of lovely to the everyday. but last month, i realized i was missing a key opportunity to do just that. we were falling into the evenings without much thought and preparation. a true recipe for staying disconnected. i knew i could be caring for my family more intentionally.
that night i chose to find the lovely. pulled out a tablecloth. put on some music. cut flowers from the garden.
i even greeted jesse at the door with a cocktail.
did you know i make a pretty fab cuba libre? my father-in-law is a great teacher. let me know if you want one the next time you are over.
the result of these small efforts? my attitude was totally transformed. i was able to more fully and freely love my family by choosing the lovely. i had not only prepared a meal. i had prepared my heart.
simple ways to make any meal special:
use a tableloth
cut something fresh from outside
light a candle. . . or nine
use the nice plates and/or napkins
make a special drink
use a glass pitcher for water
turn on some good music
these are not original ideas. just easily overlooked ones. i promise it does not take much effort. every saturday we go all out for family brunch, including most of the above suggestions. during the week, i am trying to add a few special touches to dinner time whenever possible. i believe it impacts our entire family.
now that we are moving to more frequent outdoor eating, i am hoping to purchase some LED globe string lights to crisscross overhead the patio table. it would be a worthwhile investment.
of course, the littles would think these make a needed addition to a clean white tablecloth. i will see them as a sweet reminder that spring is here and sticks are always at hand. once again, choosing the lovely.