A SLOW FAMILY LUNCH: FOR THE LOVE OF LINEN

Why a slow family lunch is becoming a tradition in our house and why it’s one of the simple things that recharges me for the week ahead.One of my favourite things to do at the weekend is have a long, slow, family lunch, where we gather around the table, get to spend time together, and enjoy home cooked food.

The weeks can be busy, as much as I try to simplify them. Between Bailey being at school, and my husband working long hours in London, there aren’t many opportunities for us all to sit down together and eat.

When the weekend comes around we take the occasion to settle at our kitchen table for a while and enjoy a slow, family lunch. Simply by sharing a meal side by side, passing food and breaking bread with one another, helps bring us closer together. It gives us the chance to talk, and just be with each other – it’s one of the things that fills me up for the week ahead.

Why a slow family lunch is becoming a tradition in our house and why it’s one of the simple things that recharges me for the week ahead.Why a slow family lunch is becoming a tradition in our house and why it’s one of the simple things that recharges me for the week ahead.I am very thankful to have learnt from my parents that lunch stretched over a few hours with good company can be one of life’s most pleasurable things. Growing up, our weekends would usually involve my Dad cooking up a feast, especially if we had visitors. Then the rest of the day would be lost to food, wine (for the grown-ups), great conversation and a lot of laughter.

Why a slow family lunch is becoming a tradition in our house and why it’s one of the simple things that recharges me for the week ahead.Why a slow family lunch is becoming a tradition in our house and why it’s one of the simple things that recharges me for the week ahead.I want to instil in Bailey the same simple slow joys. You don’t need much to make an afternoon special, just some time set aside to prepare things and cook. She really loves to help in the kitchen, and wants to be involved in chopping things and setting the table. As she grows, I hope these family traditions will become more established for her.

Why a slow family lunch is becoming a tradition in our house and why it’s one of the simple things that recharges me for the week ahead.

Why a slow family lunch is becoming a tradition in our house and why it’s one of the simple things that recharges me for the week ahead.The ritual of laying a table with linen…

To me, one of my favourite aspects of a slow, family lunch is the ritual of laying the table; to unfurl the linen tablecloth and smooth the soft fabric into place, to light the candles, and put out some simple vases of flowers. To place the plates, glasses, and fold the napkins. Easy, homely things, that we don’t get a chance to do during the week.

When we make the time to fetch a tablecloth from the linen cupboard, it always makes the meal feel extra special. There is something so lovely about linen, the weight, the texture of the grain, the way it creases and crumples, telling tales of lunches past…

Why a slow family lunch is becoming a tradition in our house and why it’s one of the simple things that recharges me for the week ahead.

Why a slow family lunch is becoming a tradition in our house and why it’s one of the simple things that recharges me for the week ahead.

Why a slow family lunch is becoming a tradition in our house and why it’s one of the simple things that recharges me for the week ahead.What simple things are important to you? I would love to hear about your family traditions and rituals. What is a must for you at the weekends, and helps you recharge for the week ahead?

 

All the beautiful Linen featured here is from The Linen Works:

Linen Tablecloth Hemstitch Dove GreyLinen Napkins Dove GreyLinen Runner Italian StripeLinen Children’s Cross Over Apron and Linen Artisan Cross Over Apron

This post is in collaboration with The Linen Works but all thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the posts that make this blog space possible.

 

  • Beautiful imagery Mel x

  • Ali Clifford

    oh my word, beautiful – and the pride on that little face!!

  • Janice Issitt

    The table looks so beautiful and the linen is just perfect.

  • Victoria Shaw

    Sunday’s are the one day we finally relax and we always eat together. Setting a lovely table gives it a sense of occasion which the kids love. Your setting is so beautiful – from the tied herb bundles, to the beautiful linen textiles. So homely xx

  • As a family Sunday is our special day. A slow cooked meal that I take time over and laying the table too, nothing beats table linen. We also have a cheeky tradition to have a glass of sherry whilst cooking the feast. Robert’s Mum used to do it and now that she is no longer with us we have carried it on in her honour. Jx

  • Beach Hut Cook

    I love time together with our boys but now they are big and grown up it’s quite rare that we get to really sit down long enough to properly talk. Snapshot parenting seems to fit us lately. Once the weather warms I am hoping for more beach hut time all together xx

  • Erin Knoll MacMinn

    My daughter always begs me to help in the kitchen however, I am typically either so stressed about timing (ie: trying to get a meal on the table after working all day) or mess that I never allow her. I feel terrible about it. Any suggestions for the best way to incorporate children with the cooking/baking?