Sharing a meal together is where life’s magic happens. It’s where we share our hearts, our joys, our tears and our laughter. It seems like lately, that hasn’t happened half as much as we’d all like, don’t you agree?  Today I’m sharing tips for making meals at home special and memorable when you gather around the table.




Gather Around the Table



I’ll admit that I love listening to my favorite music, assembling all the ingredients to get dinner started, chopping up a few vegetables and cooking a meal. Being able to serve it up on a plate to people I love is always something I cherish. But those of you who really know me, know that despite all the ways I love feeding the people I love, my true joy is setting a beautiful table. Every day.




A couple of weeks ago Mr. FrenchGardenHouse and myself started to miss going out to eat. It had been since Feb. 29th since we went out. {!!}  We missed the ambience, the food, the whole experience of eating out at our favorite restaurants.  So we went out to eat, very carefully, in a restaurant. It was delicious, the ambience wasn’t that great because we were in the parking lot since our county didn’t have “inside dining” yet….but still.




Arte Italica Merletto and Bella Bianca plates




I guess we (make that me!) were spoiled, I’ve been pretty much cooking all our meals every single day. You too? Mr. FGH loves everything I make, thank goodness, so he didn’t miss eating out as much, for obvious reasons.




Luckily, we (me again!) snapped out of it, and I’ve really loved gathering around the table – distanced thought it may be – and enjoying home cooked meals again.




Gather Around the Table




Today, I’m sharing a few ways to make each meal at home special and memorable.  Any meal tastes better when you put some kind of effort into setting the scene. For you, for the two of you, your whole family, or a group.




For our own table here at FrenchGardenHouse, I’m using these beautiful Arte Italica dishes. They are hand made, and beyond gorgeous. More than that, every creation from my kitchen looks SO GOOD on these beautiful plates!  {win!} And, they love being mixed with our antique and vintage dishes too….each combination looks spectacular! {win. win. again,}








      1. Set the table with your favorite linens. We’ve been using our favorite Linen Napkins every day.
      2. Always light candles at dinnertime. Nothing feels more special than a candlelit dinner.
      3. Incorporate one or two new recipes into your weekly rotation of meals. It’s so easy to stick to your tried and true recipes each week, but we promise that trying a new recipe from your favorite cookbook will give everyone in your household something to look forward to! This month we’re diving into
      4. Go ahead and layer larger dinner plates with smaller salad|dessert plates in different patterns.
      5. Set the table with your antique or vintage silver. No need to keep these stored away for special occasions!
      6. Listen to some classic French Songs.





    Gather Around the Table



    I hope you feel inspired to make your daily meals a special occasion.  I secretly do love that this time has made us all appreciate our homes and the people we love more. You too?







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