When I was a kid we lived in a small trailer. There was little room for a kitchen table and the small table that we did have was generally cluttered with paper. Often times our meals were consumed sitting at T.V. trays in the tiny living area.
In fact, the only time I recall eating at a dinner table with everyone was on rare occasions when we’d go over to someone’s house – like my Grandparents – for a holiday.
The more I think about my upbringing the more I realize just why dinners with family are so special to me, and why I want my children to experience them as often as possible.
I want their memories to be of lively meals sat together around the table. The whining, bickering, talks about school and sports..all of it. It’s the communication during meals that make the moment so memorable.
I’ve dabbled in trying to learn about manners and I’ve always been interested in hosting dinners and celebrations. The past few months I have expanded my knowledge by investing in vintage etiquette books. I think I may have just found something that I could have fun collecting. 😉
While many of the tips are completely outdated and actually somewhat hilarious to read, I find that these books are still packed with tons of great tips and ideas.
I’m taking old information and smashing it with new ideas and will be rolling out a new series (or category rather) on this site for all things etiquette related.
How to make your home more inviting
Table manner that you need to teach your family
Different ways you can set the table
Should you bring a hostess gift if you’re invited to dinner?
And much more. But don’t worry – this isn’t your Grandma’s etiquette class. While I hope to inspire you in a few ways, today’s etiquette is much more relaxed for the real world. After all, most of us don’t happen to have maids and butlers.
So bookmark this site and check back every week for a new post. We’ll be chatting about ideas and learning etiquette 101 together – Melissa Kaylene style. 🙂