It seems the better we get at making and enjoying coffee, the further we get from the quintessentially American coffee table of our mid-century mothers' afternoon social gatherings. Formal, the coffee table was not a place to play. We would never have displayed our magazines on my mother's coffee table. We would not have eaten supper at the coffee table. It certainly didn't face the television. My mother still wouldn't know what a Latte is.
The tea tray, on the other hand, had become the epitome of convenience. Some genius even added fold out legs so we could eat straight off of them. And yes, we ate while watching TV.
Much has changed.
Today’s coffee table remains the heart of the furniture cluster, but without the restrictions. Everyone is welcome and almost nothing is not allowed at the coffee table. It has become as convenient as the tray table.
But now the tea tray seems so formal. Even the name "tea tray" feels charming, antique. Tea trays are things you find in your grandmother's attic.
So just for fun, here's a mash-up: the tea tray married to the coffee table.
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