Dinner is the sociable meal of the day when all the family sit down together and tell what's happened at school, at work, and at play.

You can help make dinner more than just another meal if you learn and practice the arts of the dinner table.

Take Pride in the Table. For happy family meals set the table just as carefully and attractively as you would for company. Always use a pretty centerpiece even if only a little pot of ivy from the window sill or a figurine off the cupboard shelf.

Care About Etiquette and Good Manners

Care About Etiquette and Good Manners. When you have good manners people like you better and enjoy having you around. There is a reason for all the rules-to show consideration and thoughtfulness for others and make mealtimes a pleasure.

Good manners are not something to put on for company, but should be a part of us. They are like walking and talking and all other skills. Once we learn them, they just come naturally.

Make Dinner a Fun Time. Start a game of Table Topics. Each member of the family has a turn choosing the topic and all tell everything they know about it. Anyone may be challenged, so you'll want to keep the dictionary or encyclopedia handy.