As we ease into this new season, have you noticed the ease back into familiar rhythms we were once accustomed to prior to last Spring? Many of our common routines were put on pause this past year, including spending quality time with family and friends. Annual celebrations were postponed and regular gatherings became a thing of the past. But even though this was one of the quietest seasons we’ve ever endured, the realization of what we were missing prior was deafening.
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More time at home meant more time at the table. More time at the table meant more time to connect, and more time to connect meant more meaningful moments were taking place with the people who live within the four walls of our home. Did you notice it too?
It’s hard to believe an entire year has passed us by. Coming to terms with that realization has the ability to remind of us what we may have lost last year. But if we just sit for a moment and quiet our minds, if we really take note of what took place this year and begin to express our gratitude, we might just be surprised at everything we’ve gained. More time with those who live within the four walls of our homes gave us an opportunity to slow down a little and to deepen our relationships. It provided the space we’ve been pleading for ever since our calendars became full with meetings and extracurriculars, our homes needed tending to, and our days became prioritized by monotonous tasks.
The season is changing and so is the life as we’ve come to know this past year. But then again, when is it never not changing? As you begin to open your door more, welcoming loved ones into your home and into your life, you may find yourself repeating questions you’ve asked in the past. “Do I have the time? What will I cook? Is my space conducive? Where do I begin?” While those questions provide insight, they often elicit negative emotions filled with stress and anxiety. They make you question your ability to create an experience that strengthens your relationships and ultimately hold you back from doing the one thing you were longing for in the first place – connecting with loved ones.
Spring is a season marked by new beginnings and growth. It’s a reminder that what we focus on will grow, and what we regularly tend to will flourish. This season is the perfect time to unravel ourselves from the blankets of lies we’ve covered ourselves in, such as our house isn’t big or clean enough; our schedules are too busy; we don’t have the know-how to bring people together. In fact, it’s the perfect time to start anew by inviting loved ones in and savoring quality time together. We know all too well now that life as we know it isn’t always promised. We only have today to celebrate and embrace those we share it with.
As you set your table this Spring, we invite you to look at its purpose in a whole new light. We hope you see the pieces that adorn it as a means to draw loved ones in. We hope your focus is less about the appearance of the details and more about those they serve. And above all, we hope your intent is less about filling your tabletop with alluring things and more about filling the seats with significant beings.
If you’re looking to share an experience at the table this spring, we hope our spring tablescape inspires you to set it with intent. This design is dedicated to savoring the flavors of the season and time spent with those gathered around. Please accept this inspiration as a gift. All of the design and details have been planned for you, so take the time saved and spend it with those who matter most.
Prepare these easy and delicious recipes and savor a meal together this season.