Tip #10 for Meal Planning: Set a pretty table.
We eat at our snack bar, facing each other. Even when the boys were home, the four of us ate dinner at the snack bar. My sets of dishes are now in storage, and I have several pairs of pretty china plates, most of them smaller dinner plates. Placemats are a given. I actually have a couple placemats I made the first year we were married-39 years ago. The best of memories are made around the dinner table!