Serving should be a chance for fun and engagement, it’s not just plonking the food down on the table. Give your children a role such as laying the table, making a craft ‘centrepiece’, announcing when the meal is ready (especially if they came up with a silly name for it), handing out menus if they have created one, or even serving the food itself.
If they are helping you plate up, watch out for anything hot, but don’t worry too much about mess, keep it fun and relaxed. Any extras toppings you’ve left to the end like grated cheese, herbs, or build-your-own meals are perfect for younger kids to put in bowls, or they could help you ladle dinner into bowls or plates to serve.
Getting kids involved here is great, but it doesn’t have to be every night. In fact, doing it just sometimes for fun, particularly if you just enhanced a dish or are trying something new, can make it more exciting and kids will be more keen to get involved.