Taking time to have a meal together is not just a time to come together and share what has gone on in our lives that day as individuals, though that should regularly happen. But it should not be the only place where that happens. When good family communication is happening on a regular basis, and in varying contexts of the day, then the dinner table can be a place where family memories of fun are made. It can be a place where memories of worshiping and enjoying God take place. How?
Here are a couple of examples taken from GirlTalk that ought to get your juices flowing.
Encouragement Dinner–We took turns encouraging each member of the family over dinner. For dessert, we drew names, and with sugar cookie dough and alphabet cookie cutters, spelled out a godly character quality of the family member whose name we had picked. We were then assigned to do one thing special to honor that individual during the coming week.
Mystery Dinner–Each family member had been assigned a particular aspect of the meal (appetizer, main course, side dish, dessert, etc.) the week before. We could decide what we would make, but we had to keep our dish a secret. So, when we showed up for dinner, we had a surprise of a meal–including peanut butter sandwiches, fancy salad, green bean casserole, shrimp cocktail, and Kool-Aid. To set the mood we had mystery music in the background. The game for that evening was an invigorating round of Clue. We finished off with a mystery movie.
There are others in the article I would recommend, so go take a look.