Our dear friend Becky had a lovely dinner party the other night, and came up with this picnic riff to allow both adults and kids to have their own space. The adults were seated at the dining table in the adjacent room, and the kids sat around the picnic blanket, which had some candles from Ikea on it. They watched a movie, and we got to have adult conversation. Granted, this is not something that works with young kids–here the youngest was 8. One thing I would suggest is mandatory pick up after the meal–some rushed off to play and left their plates, which meant that Gus the dog had his own little dinner party.