You may remember Robin Williams in the early 90s file Mrs. Doubtfire. While there are many messages in the film, food lessons may not be the first that come to your mind. But if you pay attention, you can get some valuable lessons on how to make a dinner special, or not.
There are two scenes in the movie in particular that really show how food presentation can make a difference. Both revolve around food ordered in.
In the first scene, you see Robin Williams as Daniel Hillard, eating takeout with his three children. Take a look for yourself:
In the second scene, Daniel is disguised as Mrs. Doubtfire, and failed to make a dinner for Miranda and the children. Out of desperation, he orders food from a high end dinner delivery place, and presents it as food he cooked. The two pictures show the transformation on the food:
What, you are saying, one is Chinese and the other is a high end food delivery place. But just think about it for a moment. If the Chinese food had been given the same treatment as the food in the second scene, plated with no signs of the delivery boxes, how that effects your enjoyment of the food?
And if you took away the nice table setting for the high end food, and placed the boxes of food in the middle of the table, to be self-served, would you feel quite as impressed with the food?
A simple way to make a dinner feel special is simply to treat the dinner as if it was special. Dress up the table, and make your family feel like they are important. Even if you bring in take out, it will make the food feel that much nicer.