Serving Trays, Make Everyday Excellent!

I once read that the Quakers insist everything in their homes be useful as well as beautiful. I have long kept this in mind when acquiring. Many of my favorite art pieces are pitchers and vases, plates and baskets. I find trays fit the bill – used to transport books, games and food, they elevate a forgettable snack or leisure into something grand and fanciful.

Surely this invitation to a child could compete with the television!

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Here a special night cap showcasing two trays spooning, lover not included…

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Trays hold history, reminding of us of the time and place we received them. This workhorse of a tray, big enough to hold my computer and day timer, was purchased when my daughter and I went on a writing date in Chehalis, Washington. My son had gifted her a certificate and we found the Shady Lady boutique to be full of surprises. I debated whether this one was worth a twenty spot, but have long been glad I splurged.

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Trays signal comfort, whether one is ill of body or lovesick. Here tea, a journal and Pema Chodron offer succor

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Some trays are more function than flare, here a tray near my bed which helps me order the never ending piles of books and more

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Speaking of function, I keep mine not in use on a high shelf in the pantry, they beckon to be of service

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Finally, it can be fun to use trays as temporary displays, offering up percussion below, who couldn’t resist trying their hand at a rhythm if this was passed around!

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