Friday, June 03, 2011

The Dinner Table


"Fork goes on the left because they both have four letters in them," my mother used to say to me, "put the blade of the knife facing the plate, the spoon to the right."


"Napkins go on top of the plate, usually." and I would do as instructed, placing a paper napkin on top of each of of the five plates at home, putting out five sets of mismatched missionary barrel acquired flatware that my parents used until we three were gone to college.

It was this way I learned to set the most basic of dinner tables - the one for every day use by your family...


...and these are the things I recall whenever I set my own small table.


  1. Darling and what pretty flowers! I was once told that bit about the fork and four letters it!

    Liesl :)

  2. I love the fresh flowers on the table. I can never remember where the fork goes,so I really find the four letter in common-as a great way to remember it. I don't think I will ever forget it.

  3. Elizabeth, Is the pretty vase from the Eastern and Oriential Hotel in Malaysia? I didn't know you had that! Yesterday Dad and I had tea from the cups that match that vase, we brought back from the same place!

  4. Love it! I really like your open windows, too...A nice breeze! :)

  5. Lovely table! Love the flowers! And colours!