Samuel Johnson - that well known British poet even went so far as to say that "a man is in general better pleased when he has a good dinner upon his table, than when his wife talks Greek." And is that not true!
When last did you invite guests to a really well prepared dinner party - nothing fancy. Just wholesome good food, pleasant company and a well laid table?
Not a dinner as we know it today! Where you can buy all the courses ready made! NO! Make a few simple dishes - but prepare them well. Use only the best ingredients and make everything from scratch - and see the appreciation in your guest's faces!
Our dear Mr Johnson knew what he was speaking about. Nothing treats guests as much as a well planned and thought-out dinner, a relaxing atmosphere, well set table. Candles, good conversation and linen napkins. That is the secret. And a few excellent dishes! Good wine - served in lovely glasses. And my favorite - an exquisite pudding! Something small but heavenly.
And so my dear Reader - I am now on my way to prepare dinner for my husband and me. enjoy your next dinner - and set a table - even if it is only for yourself!
P.S This picture was taken of the table I set at one of my dinner parties.