The start to the new year began with a clearing of many things. As I was going thru the belongings of my in-laws my mind thought often of how objects go in and out of fashion. If you grew up with parents of European descent; you likely saw crystal used on formal table settings and at special occasion celebrations. Something I rarely see these days and yet, so much still exists. While many of us are not fine dining now I think there is a way to create the experience at home. Surely, I thought there must be a way to add this gorgeous accent into tables of today. So I am dedicating this page to ways to elevate our tables whether in using crystal or by giving them a lift in a variety of ways. While we may never again set the elaborate tables of royalty or our Nonnas; we can still manage to lift up the ritual of sharing a meal with those we love.