Family "get-togethers" where a special event. It was one of those times that the best cooks in Eastern Kentucky would gather to demonstrate their culinary skills. Setting the table at these events would take a special kind of organization and cooperation. The picture below shows such a "get-together".
Women were in charge. They set the table, arranged the order, placed all the dishes, and kept the kids at bay that were circling the tables. Trying to grab a fried chicken leg in advance was always a challenge. The men would sit around in their hats and talk, or play horseshoes while the women got the table just right. [The men can be seen in narrow gap between the standing women.] Setting the table in 1957...how would it be done today...setting the table in 2013.