Thanks to Covid, we’re all eating at home these days. Usually, in front of the television.
It’s only a memory now, but there was a time when we could invite people over for dinner. When we set the table with real plates not paper. When we bothered to set the table at all.
There’s an art to setting a table, to creating an atmosphere that says, “Welcome, enjoy, eat.” A creative component that has been celebrated in competitions at county fairs for decades.
Yes, competitive table-setting, or tablescaping, is a thing—who knew?
The director of Set!, a tablescaping documentary that screened at Toronto’s Hot Docs Festival this year.
My table will never meet competitive standards—Judges frown on paper napkins and wrinkled tablecloths—and I’m good with that.
Who needs a little blue ribbon when you can have family sitting around the table, dripping sauce all over the tablecloth, and dropping food on the floor?