Tuesday September 30, 2014

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Fun dinner day

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It's pretty much a motto in my life that anything can be more fun with just a little creative effort.

I don't love cooking or supper time to be honest. It, at times, discourages me that my family needs to eat every day. And not just every day but minimally three times a day. Ugh.

Considering my current disinterest in cooking and meal times, I set out to find a few ideas to freshen up this hour of the day and breathe a bit of fresh air into it. In that searching, I came across a few fun ideas in the blog "Not Consumed," and have added some of my own ideas to the mix.

I've written before about Progressive Dinner ideas (Fast Food restaurants and friends' homes) but this blogger had a cute idea that could be done on your own. Start with appetizers in the basement perhaps, then move to the living room for salad.

It makes sense to have the main course in the kitchen but if that's too boring maybe eat under the kitchen table. Finish off with dessert in a bedroom while you snuggle and read books or watch a movie.

I'm a theme girl and so I love the idea of planning meals based around children's books. Think Green Eggs and Ham, The Hungry Caterpillar, Stone Soup and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. This can easily be done with movies as well.

You could have French cuisine with Ratatouille or quesadillas with Napolean Dynamite. Obviously include the book or movie into your dinner plans, and it will be a fun little change up in your week.

Another fun idea is to have a backwards dinner. Have everyone come dressed with their clothes on backwards, and then serve your meal in reverse. Start out with dessert, then move to your main course and finish off with the "appies!"

All of these ideas require just a little bit of effort, and I know that in the busyness of day-to-day life that can still seem like a lot. However, if we can find the time and energy to pull off a little bit extra, it's sure to pay off in our families.


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