Our Little Women met today to practice the art of formal table setting and clearing. We discussed how a nicely set table is an important way of showing honor to your guests and respect for the occasion.
Using your nice dishes is surely more work than paper products, but worth the extra effort for the great feasts of the church: Christmas, Easter, the solemnities of Our Lady and St. Joseph. We would use them for the great feasts in a family as well: Thanksgiving, homecomings, baptisms, weddings, ordinations, any festive time.
So it is important to know what goes where, how to make the table look lovely and how to serve and clear graciously.
They cloved oranges for the centerpiece.
Polished the silver
Learned napkin folding (we found is was easier for the younger girls with paper napkins)
Each girl set a formal place setting, following a diagram.
And finally, enjoyed dessert and tea, served by the older girls