Sometimes it is hard to find moments where the whole family is present and engaged. I started using this format to engage the kids and promote accountability and contribution. What we do is we take turns having a "child of the week" (provided that that child has completed their weekly chores) and they get to choose the weekly activity and one meal of the week.
The kids really love the gathering and being able to contribute to the over all plan! Meetings only take about 10-15 minutes and allows the children know what to expect. I find there is less complaining about the meals that aren't the "chosen" ones.