Your dishes may be chipped. You may burn the meat. You don’t like your dining table. There’s always something about a dinner party that is not perfect. But you learn to take your eyes off of yourself and the things that are not perfect in your mind.

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Back to dishes.

Think about your dishes.

Are you a perfectionist when it comes to dishes being chipped, perfectly matching, the latest “fad” or color, owning yet another set (when you already own 6 sets!). I actually think we can learn a lot about ourselves by just looking at our dishes.

For casual entertaining, I use my everyday Williams-Sonoma white dishes. Yes, they are chipped, partly from having 3 children plus a zillion of their friends using them, and I’ve had them for years. (For more formal entertaining I have another set of white wedding dishes.)

I’ve learned NOT to stress about what set of dishes I am using.

People are not coming to dinner to see my dishes.

Would you share about your dishes, flaws and all? Or the areas of perfectionism that you struggle with when it comes to entertaining?

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