The holidays call for special celebrations, but don't set the table so formally that children won't feel at home. Make it an all-ages party by mixing in the kids’ favorite plates and utensils with your own good china to create a whimsical and accessible look.
“No kids’-only table at the McDermotts’,” says Dean McDermott, the father of four with wife Tori Spelling, who just launched lifestyle, DIY and cooking site, TheGourmetDad.com. “Include the kids at the grownup table whenever possible.” To make holiday meals more inclusive, he suggests creating nametags for all guests -- big and small. “Try making your tags from wood and chalkboard paint. McDermott points out, “They can be reused for other holidays and events.”