Created for kids (but just as valuable for many adults), here are tips from Time for Dinner: Strategies, Inspiration, and Recipes for Family Meals Every Night of the Week by Pilar Guzmán, Jenny Rosenstrach, and Alanna Stang.
1. Cocktail umbrellas make everything taste better, including milk and broccoli.
2. Saltcellars and shot glasses make food and drinks fun—and manageable. (Restaurant owners call it grazing, and they charge extra.)
3. Toothpicks, skewers, and corn holders: It’s more fun to eat fruits and vegetables that have been stabbed.
4. Votives and dimmed lights make it hard to see the nutrition on the plate.