Last week I asked for your tips on ways to take family meals to the next level. Today I’m going to share with you a couple of simple ways to make your family dinner table a little more festive and one idea is a great way to get your kids involved! I don’t know about you, but lately just getting everyone seated at the dinner table at the same time is a small victory.
If you’re a wonderful hostess like my mother, you break out the trifecta of Southern entertaining finesse: the good china, the good silver, and the good crystal. But you don’t have to spend a lot of money, or time, to make your family dinner table a little more festive.
Colorful washcloths in a fun Easter basket (for just a couple of bucks) makes a fun way to display kids’ napkins, as do simple touches easily found at your local discount store. And these rolls? Are as delicious as they look and they took all of 10 minutes to go from freezer to table.
Here are my own tips for making mealtime memorable, and you can customize these to be as casual or elegant as you like:
- Use cloth napkins when setting the family table—with one design for adults and a different fun design for the kids.
- Buy small, wallet-size photo ornate picture frames (which can be bought on the cheap on at your neighborhood dollar or discount store) and put your kids in charge of drawing a “portrait” for each family member at the table.
When you pass the bread basket around the table this Easter, surprise your family by serving up homemade tasting rolls straight from the oven. Stone Baked Artisan Rolls from Pepperidge Farm have that slaved in the kitchen taste, but without all the time commitment. I want to enjoy eating my bread, not spend all day making it.
Disclosure: Pepperidge Farm has compensated me for my time spent sharing this information about their Stone Baked Artisan rolls with you as part of the Ready Set Elevate! campaign. All opinions in this post are my own.