Was it because Thomas Edison’s youngest daughter never got enough food since she couldn’t reach? Or was it the downsizing of wealthy household staff in England that popularized the “dumb waiter” or “lazy susan”? The dumbwaiter appears to have become popular during the 18th century in upper class homes, but its origins seem to go back even further. However the “lazy susan” definitely enjoyed a heyday during the 1950’s in American homes. This rotating pedestal that found its way into homes and Chinese restaurants everywhere during the 1950’s and 60’s.
In all honesty, we use this for everything, in the store and at home. It works great as a background for photography, if you don’t have a marble countertop. It is super helpful for the cake decorating genius, as a spinning platter for frosting cakes.. And its traditional use in the center of the table as family gathers together for a meal makes sharing and communication a natural part of your dinner table atmosphere. Truly it makes meal times about talking about the direction it will spin and allowing younger children to experience independence with table decorum.
Give to: an overly busy mother to make dinner times more intentional, communicative, and organized
Give as: a housewarming gift for a couple’s first home
Give with: a loaf of fresh bread and a Bon Appetit Kitchen towel. (or Observer’s Home)