I love setting a pretty tray. A well-set tray reminds me of a still life painting. It captures the heart of hospitality in a small space. Whether the tray is fancy, or just a very simple one containing a cup, small snack and a single flower it makes those few moments when one stops for a drink more like a mini-celebration.
This week I encourage you to bless a family member or friend by bringing them tea or coffee on a tray (it will feel more special than just handing them a mug!) You may decide to deliver a tray to a friend and surprise them by knocking on their door as I did with Nancy (see previous blog).
You can make a tray from:
- A breadboard
- A cookie sheet covered with a dishtowel or place mat
- A piece of wood wrapped in gift wrap
- A large, flat bowl
- A basket
- A lid from a cookie tin
- A piece of firm cardboard
- A mirror
- A framed painting or print (not a valuable one)
- A tray!
A tray can be used in many ways:
- A welcome tray in the room of a new house guest
- A birthday tray served with breakfast and a birthday card
- A tray for a family member returning from a hard day at work or from writing an exam
- A tray for someone who is sick in bed with nourishing food, a pretty flower and a get well note or card
- A tray for an elderly person in an old age home needing encouragement and a warm visit
- A tray for a teacher with a snack that he/she can enjoy at their desk while grading papers. Add a note of appreciation
- A tray for a housekeeper/domestic worker encouraging them to sit for a few minutes and be served before they start work
- A tray for a teenager who needs to know that they are precious and valued (a friend of mine did this for her new step-children and it eased the relationship)
- A late-night tray delivered during exam time to a student with enough snacks for them to share with their roommates
- A tray for a new mom with something to drink, eat and a note welcoming the new baby