When my kids were younger, we had dinner at 5pm every night. We all sat down and ate together. I made dinner for my family just like my Mom did for us. And then my kids started getting older. And the activities got busier and busier. Things have changed.
It’s gotten harder. We aren’t great about sitting down as a family. It’s a big bummer. So when we were challenged by Vanity Fair® Napkins for the Take Back the Table campaign, I jumped all in. It’s the perfect reminder I needed to get us to sit down. I know it seems simple but all of you with busy families are shaking your head because you know exactly how it feels to be going from one place to the next every afternoon.
The goal for Take Back the Table is to encourage dinner together. On the site, you can learn more about the benefits of family mealtime. It doesn’t have to be big, extravagant meals. In fact, we did breakfast for dinner. And ya know what? Drew declared it the best dinner ever! (Why on earth am I busting my behind to make complicated meals?) I got some new cereal, muffins and bagels. Couldn’t get much easier than that, right? But we had a few minutes TOGETHER. And that’s what mattered.
I don’t normally have my table set. I have different tablecloths that I switch out but definitely nothing fancy. I thought it would be fun to make the table a little more exciting. It’s stayed this way since I set it up.
I combined my loves – ball mason jars, straws, embroidery…. a little bit of everything. It’s so bright and cheery!
I made a “Table Talk” jar full of questions to ask around the table. They are meant to be dinner conversation starters. Some are silly, some are serious, some are inspiring. I thought you might like to have them for your table too!
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I took the pledge to #takebackthetable to show how important it is to spend more time with family at meal time.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Vanity Fair® Napkins. The opinions and text are all mine.