Setting the Table: Showcasing Special Family Dishes

Setting the Table: Showcasing Special Family Dishes

Emma Christensen
Nov 12, 2009

Bringing out Great-Grandma's serving platter or using the special candle holders a favorite relative gave you years ago sends a clear signal that festive and delicious things are about to happen! And more than that, these special not-everyday items bring good memories of that person to your holiday table. Don't you agree?

This lovely set of dishes belonged to my grandmother. My mother found them in the back of a cabinet when she was going through my grandmother's belongings and sent them to me with a note: "Thought you might like to have these." And she was right.

This has been a big year for me - I got married, moved to a new city, took a big career leap - and I've found myself missing my grandma a lot. This year at Thanksgiving, I'd like to bring out these special dishes that belonged to her and serve something wonderful in them. It's a way for me to remember her and have her with me in this new exciting phase of my life.

I think she would really like that.

Do you have a dish or centerpiece or something similar that holds special meaning for you? Please share your story!

Related: Nostalgia: Recipes Our Fathers Have Taught Us

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