Dining Room Tables are the Backdrop to Decades of Family Memoriesby Millers Furniture on 2018-11-09 08:49:07
Purchasing an heirloom worthy dining room table is about so much more than buying something that is durable enough to withstand years of wear and tear. It's about more than buying an attractive piece of furniture that looks beautiful or fits perfectly into your home. While those things are important, perhaps what's even more important is the fact that you'll be buying the backdrop to decades of family memories.
So many events take place at the dining room table. Everything from simple weeknight meals and family conversations about work and school to Sunday afternoon dinners shared in the company of parents, in-laws, kids, or grandkids. Then there are the significant events that call for gathering around the table—the holidays, birthdays, milestones, and more.
Here's one woman's story about the Amish-handcrafted hardwood table she and her husband inherited and the significance it has in their home today:
“After my father-in-law passed away, my mother-in-law decided to sell her home and downsize. Knowing that the family dining room table wouldn't fit into her new home, she gifted the table to my husband and me. Receiving this piece of family history was such a blessing to us, and although the table shows some scratches and indentations from years of use, we wouldn't trade it for anything. Every mark represents a memory spent around that table.
“My in-laws purchased the table when they were our age—while their own kids were still young. I imagine the scratches came from years of moving dinner plates, silverware, and serving trays across the table. The indentations probably came from all the times their kids—and later their grandkids—played with toys around the table, or when we rolled dice across the table in a competitive family game of Monopoly.
When I think about that table being in my in-laws' former home, I think about the wonderful times I spent with my husband's immediate and extended family—from the first time I met them until the last meals we ate in that house around that table. The table holds even more significance to my husband, since it was the setting for so many of his happy childhood memories—many of which he shared with his late father.
“Now that the table is in our home, our family has already begun carrying on the traditions started at that table almost 30 years ago. We can only hope to continue carrying on those traditions for another 30 years.”
Like the family in the example, you probably have many of your own family traditions that take place around the dining room table. However, if you need a few ideas for how to use your table as the setting for memorable times, here are some ideas:
Invite people over for dinner. You don't have to be a chef to host a dinner. In fact, you don't even have to be a cook at all. Think pizza and wings or Chinese takeout. So many restaurants offer curbside pickup or delivery—your menu options are endless. You could also hold a potluck-style meal where everyone brings a dish to share and you provide the meat or main course (which you can buy already prepared if you're not into cooking). Themed meals can also be a lot of fun, where you ask everyone to bring something that follows a theme, such as breakfast-for-dinner or soup, salad, and pasta.
What's served for dinner doesn't matter nearly as much as the company and conversations you'll enjoy with those around your table. Invite your family and friends, or people you just want to get to know better. Invite a single or windowed relative or neighbor who might otherwise eat alone.
Organize a group craft, cooking, or charitable project. With the holidays and winter right around the corner, there's no better time than now to share the fun of creating something. Host a holiday craft-making project at your table, or invite a group of friends over for a holiday cookie exchange where everyone bakes different types of cookies or candies and then exchanges them for variety. Organize a charitable project where everyone puts together toy kits for kids in need or care packages for troops overseas. Whatever the project, chances are you'll enjoy it more in the company of good friends than you would alone.
Host a game night. In Ohio, it's that time of year when the evenings are cold and dark and it can be tempting to retreat to the couch and binge watch your favorite TV show or get lost in a book for the evening. Why not make the dark nights a little brighter by inviting people over for fun board games or a round or two of cards? If you know others who enjoy card games, you could even start a card club!
Whether your favorite times spent around your table are quiet moments with your immediate family, or boisterous celebrations with extended family and friends, the memories you create at that table will last a lifetime. If you're ready to purchase an heirloom-quality table from Miller's Furniture, stop in at either one of our showrooms in Plain City or Lancaster to get started!