Has your formal dining table become just a landing zone for your Amazon deliveries? With all of us packed in at home just now, we really need to recover that precious space for family use.  I have some ideas on how to actually use your formal dining table right now!

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Make your time together at home memorable–in a GOOD way. Declare one night a week Fancy Dinner Night. Break out the good china and pretty linens. Change out of your pj’s/athleisure wear and enjoy a sit-down meal together.  Practice your best manners and pass the food.
(Go ahead and order takeout if that will help the evening happen, but transfer the food into your nice bowls and platters to serve.)

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Another thought for that nice, big dining table: keep a jigsaw puzzle going that you can work on with your family. Swing through and work a few pieces. Then high five each other when you finally find that elusive piece!


I love this one!!

Here’s another idea: keep games out and announce an impromptu board game night.  Did you know board games help children develop logic and reasoning skills, improve critical thinking and boost spatial reasoning?

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Or–plan a surprise ice cream party in the formal dining room!

Pick up the supplies during your normal grocery run.

Of course, to implement any of my ideas for your formal dining table, you may have to first clear away your home office or homeschool station.

Or your Amazon packages.

But it will be worth it!

Have you rediscovered your formal dining room?
What are you using it for?
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