Week 4, 1/22/21-1/28/21: Set the table
2020 changed the way we eat. We ate at home, we rediscovered take-out, and we were reminded of the comfort of a good meal. In 2021 we challenge you to take this new approach to dining a step further and set the table for a meal.
Whether it be take-out for one or a home cooked family meal, a properly set table elevates a meal, reminds us to use proper manners, and encourages us to savor our food. In addition, daily chores (like setting the table) are great ways to practice mindfulness, or focused attention to a simple task. Mindfulness helps counteract the effects of screen time and overstimulation. In other words, setting the table gives your brain a break!
So pick a meal, clear off a table (or counter or cardboard box), and take the time to set the table. (Need help knowing what goes where–check out the guides below) If you have fancy silver or china hidden away in a closet, now is the time to use it. Tablecloths, placemats, and cloth napkins add color and style. And of course, bonus points if you tablescape!
- The ritual of table setting: its historical significance and cultural importance from House & Garden
- How to Set a Table for Any Occasion from Food52
- Setting the Table 101 from Martha Stewart
Each week we’ll post an activity, task, or idea for something you can do that is screen-free. No phones, no tablets, no computers, no TV.
Last Week: Do a jigsaw puzzle
Next Week: Try cross-stitch