How do you make the day to day dining Covid 19 lifestyle more interesting at the eating table? How do you set the outdoor table quick and easy? I am staying at Fattoria Mansi Bernardini just on the outskirts of Lucca.

Plenty of places to picnic here in Tuscany.

Why Set The Table?

Time is on our side now due to working from home. Our home is our office, our homeschooling area of play. So this is the perfect moment to teach us all the lost art of setting the table.

“It’s about making a moment more beautiful. “When you make the Al Fresco table more beautiful, it sets the tone of being united as a family. Everyone appreciates beauty, good food and it changes the atmosphere for the better.

During this time of anxiety of being homeless, jobless or not being able to see loved ones.

The table tone is the best mental therapy one has control over.

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What Is The Point?

The point is to enjoy the time together rather than to admire the table, but it can play such a big part in adding to the occasion.”

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Birthday Celebrations

I am staying at Fattori Mansi Bernardini here in Tuscany. My home is called Casa Maria and the Al Fresco area is a stunning large marble table. I use it for everything. After 6 pm in Italy, one must wear masks outside. I hate the idea and therefore my home now is my restaurant.

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We celebrated my husbands birthday by buying a pistachio cake made here in Lucca. My mission is to maintain as much freedom and normality for my family, in this crazy world of Covid.

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Quality Life Means Top Cakes

What ends up on the lips transfers on my hips. At my age maintaining a slim figure means eating top quality cakes. Less is more and this pistachio cake was and is so yummy. Supporting my campaign Made In Italy.

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Napkin Tips

Napkins are the easiest things to add a touch of colour and it’s not difficult to have a selection of colours to hand for different options. A tablecloth in a printed colour like red can be used with either bold or subtle napkin colours.

For me everything red is all about living life with passion. But depending on the way you feel? You choose your napkin colour in what you want to achieve?

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Flowers From The Estate

I chose something from my garden today it was flowers. But here there are 5000 olive trees and rosemary everywhere. So my options are endless such as a piece of greenery or a beautiful piece of wood. Also, don’t forget to wear eyewear outdoors.

It’s  about the use of brighter tableware, but it’s all about working in harmony with the setting.

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How You Set Your Table?

How you set your table is partly driven by what you have access to?

The size of your table and how many people you’re hosting plays a part. My marble table is 3.5m long. Even if it is just four of us. I use the space at all times.

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Tablecloths are wonderful and I use huge ones that touch the floor.  I have had a tough few months and I am living each day as if it’s my last. Have a look at what I have been doing in Italy in the last three months. I ain’t sitting around the dining table all day. But when I do it is all about the love of food and friendship.

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I am very rustic in my cooking and it has to be quick and tasty.

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La Dolce Vita

For the sake of my mental health and quality of living. I have not sat still in creating the life I want to lead here in Italy. No one is going o help you unless you be proactive and help others.

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