May 22, 2013
Family Date Night: Somewhat Simple
We’re back with another SUPER FUN idea for our Family Date Night Series. Have you heard of the INCREDIBLE blog Somewhat Simple? If you haven’t, you are TOTALLY missing out. Around these parts we absolutely ADORE Stephanie and her Somewhat Simple team. Stephanie was kind enough to hop on our blog today and share a CUTE idea that will turn any old family dinner into a rockin’ good time! Take it away, Steph!
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Hi everyone! I am Stephanie from Somewhat Simple and I am excited to be here today to share a super fun “date night” that is sure to please everyone in the family!
Several months ago, I was talking to my sister-in-law about ways we can each add some fun to our family dinner tables. The dinner table is the perfect setting to talk about our days and make memories with each other, yet often times we get in a rut and we don’t use this valuable time to its full potential. So the two of us came up with several ideas we wanted to implement with our own families and the idea I am sharing today just happened to be one of my favorites! I call it “A Blue Ribbon Dinner” and here is how it works:
My unsuspecting family came home from school and work on a very regular day and found our dining room decked out in all things blue- I had a cute blue table cloth with blue placemats, a blue flower centerpiece, blue place settings… everything was BLUE!
I simply told them dinner would be served at 6pm and they were to wear their best blue attire. It was so fun to see what outfits they came up with! None of my boys matched, but they were dressed in every shade of blue they had in their closets! My daughter was perfectly coordinated, as usual, in her fanciest blue dress and a matching hair bow. Everyone seemed to enjoy getting dressed up for dinner, and the fun was just getting started!
Dinner was served and stayed true to the blue theme of the night- pasta with blue alfredo sauce, blue jello, blue punch, blue Whoopie Pies for dessert…. it was a fabulous spread of blue foods that had us talking, laughing and feeling blue – in a good way!
During dinner, I pulled out some conversation cards I had made ahead of time and we each took a turn drawing and performing tasks from the activity cards. I had simple tasks like:
-Tell the person to your left 3 things you love about them
-Take a bite off the plate of the person on your right
- Sing “I’m a Little Teapot” with the motions while standing on your chair
This really made for a fun family activity! Get ready for some laughs and sweet memories! All in all, this was an evening of blue bliss- a night my family won’t soon forget!
For more family fun ideas and inspiration, stop by Somewhat Simple and say “hello!”
If you’re interested in even more ideas for family fun at the dinner table, my sister-in-law and I wrote the book on it! We’ve compiled an eBook with 12 seasonal dinners, all with a special theme and printables to help make your dinners even more magical!
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Thank you so much, Stephanie, for SUCH a fun way to bring some life back into the dinner routine! Now I’m trying to decide what color I want to make our next meal!!!
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