Thursday, May 27, 2010

Gathered 'round the Table

“My family is big and loud but they’re my family.  We fight and we laugh and yes, we roast lamb on a spit in the front yard.  And wherever I go, whatever I do, they will always be there.”  If you’re movie buff, you may recognize that quote from the cinematic masterpiece ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’.  If you come from a family like mine, you may recognize it as the gospel truth.  We may not be Greek (my Mom’s side of the family is Puerto Rican, my Dad’s is Italian) but I come from two cultures that value family (and food) in an equally extreme way.  We love to be together and we love to eat.  We spend the moments between meals solving each other’s problems and talking about what we’re eating next.  I can’t imagine it any other way.  My Aunt has this massive table in her house that our family loves because it’s the one place we can eat and be together at the same time.  While my Aunt would be the first one to tell you a table so large isn’t always the most practical choice for your home, we’ve all made some wonderful memories gathered around it.  Even if you’re not interested in seating the masses at one table on an everyday basis, large tables are a very big trend in event planning right now.  Whether you’re planning a wedding, graduation, birthday or dinner party, it seems the bigger the table the better.  Here are some of the most beautiful examples we could find.


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