Blankets, like food, represent being cared for and loved. They are a significant part of inviting people into a space of belonging and lingering. And they encourage the feeling of community and family as you gather people around your table.
My blanket basket is a simple offering that fosters an atmosphere of intimacy and literal warmth.
Putting a blanket basket together is easy. I purchased a large wooden crate from Home Goods – a large plastic bin will do – and purchased a few fleece blankets at a time until my crate was full.
I often found lightweight fleece blankets (that are the perfect size for wrapping around your legs or your shoulders while you sit at the table) at CVS and Walgreens on sale for 3 for $10. They are great for outdoor use because they are machine washable on the delicate cycle. I’ve never tried putting them in the dryer; I simply hang them wet over the backs of our patio table chairs and they dry quickly.
If you nourish your community outside, simply setting out a blanket basket at your next gathering will significantly influence the connections being made around your table. Because when people’s basic needs – like hunger, warmth, and belonging – are thoughtfully cared for, they stay at the table long past the end of the meal to talk, laugh, and share.
And generally the longer a conversation lasts – the more personal and intimate in becomes.
Blankets. A simple addition to shared meals with significant effects.