My mom gave me a book in 1995 that has stayed one of my favorites (she knows me well). One of the quotes in it says,
"A good host puts the first stain on the tablecloth."
That quote has really stuck with me since I first read it. I think it's so important for people to feel comfortable and never intimidated. One of the ways I try to "live out" this quote is to use tablecloths that already have stains. :) Remember the vintage tablecloths I got two weekends ago for $3 each? I used one tonight and even after good stain-treating and laundering, it has some stains. Some "collectors" would shun this but to me it shows it's been used and loved and makes it so much easier to use and splash balsamic vinegar and drag blackberry juice across as we did tonight. Not that we did on purpose at all but if you're going to eat and enjoy it sometimes messes happen. We shared fellowship with a great friend and didn't worry one smidge about the tablecloth.
The stain was already there.
So, we don't worry about it, enjoy ourselves, enjoy catching up, share life, eat a good meal and then just throw the tablecloth in the wash.
Have a good night. Kelly
p.s. if you're curious about the book, the link will take you to amazon where you can see it. In googling the author, Judie Byrd, I just learned that she lives nearby in Fort Worth and is the creator of Super Suppers. How cool is that? And Judie, if you ever google your name and run across my blog, thanks for writing this book! I've received much encouragement and inspiration from it over the years. Kelly