I have not in the past enjoyed setting the table, and because my heart has not been in it, I have mostly done it carelessly. I say this with sadness. I have not loved my calling at home as I should.
Nancy Wilson recently inspired me to set the table for Thanksgiving more carefully than I ever have. Look here for her article: http://www.feminagirls.com/2011/11/22/thanksgiving-prep/
It was too late to get tulips (my favorite flowers) but I dug out a pretty tablecloth and placed a fall themed runner with candles. I put a blooming African Violet in the middle, and it was really quite lovely. (Sorry, I forgot to take a picture.) I have become so practical that I gave away a lovely pink tablecloth with napkins that we got for our wedding.
I am actually excited about taking better care of my home. I want to make it a place where my husband and children love to be. And I have a plaque about an unseen guest.....