If you have a rarely used formal dining room in your home, use it. Plan a night to serve dinner there. Use placemats or a tablecloth, good china, cloth napkins, taper candles, etc. even if you are just serving spaghetti and meatballs.

This may force everyone to clean up that room. Maybe you don’t even remember what color the table is.

Another benefit is that this may force your family to eat together, all at the same time, which you may find only ever happens at formal holidays.

If you have to, make up a holiday in order to get your family to the table.

(Image credit: Terri Cnudde)

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