Cupid’s Crazy Cafe: Family V-Day Dinner

Family V-Day Dinner

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Does your family have any fun Valentine traditions?  One of my very favorite family traditions from my childhood  was when my parents would turn our dining room into a restaurant.  They’d act like our waiters,  let us order from “The Parent’s Place” menu, and even light a couple of candles.  I thought it was the best thing EVER!  So when I found Amy’s crazy dinner menu,  it brought back so many fun memories.  In fact, I loved the idea so much, I decided to make my own Valentine’s edition to share with all of you.

This Valentine’s, treat your family to dinner at… 

“Cupid’s Crazy Cafe!”  

It’s seriously SO much fun, your kids will remember it forever, and with our free printable dinner menu- it’s super easy to do!

Now, this is no ordinary menu!  In fact, your kiddos won’t even know what they’re ordering.  Instead of actual food names, you’ll be using Valentine code words.  Trust me, it makes it so much more fun!  Things are sure to get crazy when your daughter unknowingly orders dessert and a salad for an appetizer, and your son orders a fork and a drink.

Here’s how it works:

To begin, decide what you would like to serve for the meal.  Then, assign each item to a code word on your “cheat sheet.”  (You’ll need 8 items total.)  For example:

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Once you have your menu planned, go ahead and turn that dining room into a restaurant.  Pull out a nice tablecloth, light some candles, and set a menu on each plate.  (But remember not to set out the napkins or silverware- they’ll have to order those!)

And just to make it even more fun– how about some cute, Valentine crowns for everyone to wear?

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Isn’t that crown just darling?!   Sameeha, the talent behind The Inked Leaf designed a girl AND boy version just for us, and we think they make the PERFECT addition to your Valentine dinner.  I mean, what kid wouldn’t LOVE having a special Valentine crown to wear?

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Then when it’s time for dinner, welcome them to “Cupid’s Crazy Cafe” and instruct them to “order” by filling out their menu.

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 Make sure they use each of the 8 different items, one time each.  So they’ll be choosing two items for an appetizer, four items for the main course, and two items for dessert.

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Then just use your “cheat sheet” to serve each person, one course at a time…

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And wait for smiles and laughter to ensue when your husband orders all utensils for a course, and your son gets to eat dessert before dinner.

Because at Cupid’s Crazy Cafe- anything goes!

About the Author: Becca

Besides my hilariously witty husband, I love a good book, sappy songs, old black-and-white movies, cute crafts, and all things chocolate. With three (seriously adorable) little girls at home, my life is giggly, frilly, glittery, and very, very pink!

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53 Responses to Cupid’s Crazy Cafe: Family V-Day Dinner

  1. we called these mystery dinners and it was always the 10th birthday party at my house growing up so much fun with a big group thorugh definietly a bit of work to pull off for a crowd.

  2. I love this! Thank you. I’m going to do this for my 13 year old and 10 year old sons. The 13 year old will think it’s corny at first, but once he receives his meal I’m sure he’ll change his mind. We have to eat supper anyway so we might as well make it fun!

      1. Just wanted to let you know this was a hit! We had fun and it was my 13 year old son that asked if we could do it again the next night before his “main dishes” were even finished. I promised the cafe would open again at some point (on April Fool’s day perhaps)! Thanks again!

        1. Oh I’m SO glad it was a hit. Thanks for coming back to let us know. Reading comments like this makes my day! A silly dinner like this would be perfect for April Fools Day! XOXO

  3. I was SO excited to do this tonight, but for some reason my computer won’t open it! It says, “It may be damaged or use a file format that Preview doesn’t recognize.” Any idea how I can open it so I can print it? Thanks so much!

    1. Ali- So sorry you’re having trouble with the file! It’s a pdf format and should be able to open in Preview. When you click a PDF file, it will be downloaded to your computer and Preview will launch automatically and display the PDF file. If a PDF does not display in Preview, you can locate a PDF document and select Get Info in the File menu. In the Info window, click on tab: Open with. Use the drop-down menu to select Preview. Also click on: Change All… to allow Preview to open all PDF documents.

      You could also open it in Adobe Reader (which is available for free online.) I’ve sent you an e-mail with a link to that. Let me know if it still won’t work for you. AND Happy Valentine’s Day!!

      1. I tried it on a different computer and it worked! Thanks for your help. I’m so excited to do this. My kids will LOVE it! Happy Valentine’s Day!

    1. Elizabeth, sorry you’re having trouble with it!!! We want to make sure you get it in time to celebrate with your family tonight, so go check your e-mail. 😉

      1. Unfortunately my printer ran out of ink 🙁 but I still used handwritten menus.
        The children loved it and have already asked what will we do for our next holiday.
        My husband appropriately said “what’s going on? this is crazy!” Lol but he enjoyed it as well. 😉

  4. Thanks for posting! Can’t wait to try this. I was already making a nice meal for the family anyway, and this will be a fun way to present it. The menus are printed, just need to figure out all the specifics for my meal and we’ll be good to go.

    1. You’re so sweet, we’d love to be featured in your round-up. We just ask that you only use one picture from our site, give credit, and link back to our site. Thanks so much!

  5. love this so cute. but what do you do if your child chooses juice a fork napkin and spoon for their dinner course. or vice versa for one of the other courses. TIA

    1. I think that’s only happened once for us, and we’ve been doing it for several years. We usually serve the “courses” really close together so it was no big deal. We had a good laugh and then they got their food really soon with the next course. It’s up to you though. If it’s a really young child, you could just switch it up and make sure they get some food.