After a few nights, this advice will become your go-to routine.

By Perri Ormont Blumberg
March 31, 2018
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A few weeks ago, I was at a bridal shower so fabulous the decor and scenery will be forever etched into my mind. At an airy Mediterranean restaurant overlooking the water, we feasted on antipasti, marveled at the white-and-blue Hydrangea arrangements, and enjoyed animated conversation. Not a single picture was taken, nor did a single iMessage hop over the waves of the Chattahoochee river.

How, pray tell was this feat achieved? The bride placed an elegant turquoise ceramic bowl by the entrance with a placard that read "phones here please."

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Of course, it's not only at events and restaurants that we have a hard time unplugging. At home — whether it's a casual family meal or brunch get-together — we also have difficulty keeping our phone use at bay.

"When you and your family are really struggling to keep the screens away at dinnertime, sometimes it's easier to remove the temptation all together," notes Sadie Trombetta in an article for The Kitchn. "If you're at home, ask everyone to turn their phones off during meals, or create a space for the whole family to stash their phones away while you eat — a bowl, kitchen drawer, or a coffee table in the far-away living room all work great."

At first, it may seem a little weird, but in a few days, I promise it will start to feel routine. If nothing else, it's an excuse to buy a beautiful ceramic bowl (guilty).