This photograph captured a very sweet memory of one of the many dinners we shared with our dear (and much missed) friends and neighbors, Don & Michel, at our home in Dallas. Judging from the glazed lemon pound cake, which was one of Don's favorites, I would guess this was his birthday dinner as I would always try to make their favorites. I remember taking this photo at the end of the meal thinking it was such a wonderful night that I wanted to remember it forever. I love how it is slightly blurry, and the table is in disarray- just like a sweet memory, faded and softened around the edges.
One of my favorite personal possessions is my guest menu-book that I have had for the last 20 years- where I have kept the names of all guests/family that I have made dinner for with the date and menu, how I decorated the table, what dishes, glasses, flatware and napkins I used. I write down any notes about preparing the meal, any comments from the guests about the meal... . It has become a journal of sweet, wonderful memories centered around the dining table and sharing meals. Reading it transports me back to that memory and all the guests who have graced our table.
I also will, on occasion, take photographs of the table before the guests arrive, but my favorite photographs are the ones I sometimes take after the meal, like the photograph above- when the table isn't set and perfect, but the memory of one meal and one wonderful evening is captured forever.
I wish you the makings of sweet memories as you gather around the table with family and friends this Thanksgiving!