Tonight, plan a candlelight dinner for the family. You can still have pizza, or spaghetti, whatever you like. This is fun for everyone, festive and a great place to practice fine dining habits. Kids can get in on this by helping to set the table, making place cards and even a unique center piece (winter branches and pine cones in a vase or basket work!)
Dinner times like these can be a great time to rehearse (without the stress of a formal setting or snooty people without children) manners appreciated in a fine dining establishment. Set out an appetizer, reminding the kids to take what they touch, and only one. Napkin on the lap, proper utensils, phrases, passing the food rules, etc. Ahh...and the forever dislike of foods shall be met with "No Thanks, Dad" rather than the typical "Ewww, gross. This is slimy."
I don't know, maybe you practice these manners all the time- but we don't. We eat with our fingers off the table most of time (fewer dishes) so we need to practice these "restaurant/ relative rules."
Necessity~ Don't forget to excersize some today. It's amazing how great you'll feel afterward. And give your family some time today. A few minutes undivided attention goes along ways...
"It is better to eat a dry crust of bread in peace than to have a feast where there is quarreling."