February 11, 2013

Cupid’s Crazy Cafe: A 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!

DOWNLOAD YOUR “CUPID’S CRAZY CAFE” MENUS HERE

DOWNLOAD YOUR VALENTINE CROWNS HERE

And go make some Valentine memories!

Don’t have kids at home?  Looking for something a little more romantic?  Don’t worry!  We’ve got a printable menu for that too.  {And you’re gonna LOVE the flirty prices at Couples’ Cafe}

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43 Responses to “Cupid’s Crazy Cafe: A Family V-Day Dinner”

  1. Belle says:

    Love this! Thanks for sharing :) The crowns are already printing. Happy Valentine’s Day!

  2. Hilary says:

    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.

  3. Kimberly says:

    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!

    • Becca Becca says:

      You’re SO right!!! Hope you have fun with your boys!

      • Kimberly says:

        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!

        • Becca Becca says:

          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

  4. Sarina Sarina says:

    I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS! Thank you so much for creating this. Sounds like so much fun!

  5. Anessa says:

    What a fun way to celebrate the holiday together! Thanks

  6. Trina says:

    This is absolutely to cute. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Michelle Michelle says:

    Way cute, I love the crowns! Darling pictures too! xox

  8. Dottie says:

    I love this! I can’t wait to do it with my family. It would be fun to have one for St. Patrick’s day!

  9. Tasia says:

    printed up and ready to go. Thank so much!

  10. I am so in love with this idea! You guys never cease to amaze in the creativity department! Thanks for sharing at Monday Funday this week!

    Take care,

    Trish

  11. Ali says:

    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!

    • Becca Becca says:

      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!!

      • Ali says:

        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!

  12. Elizabeth says:

    Mine won’t open either in anything! When I even just open it to a link, it comes up as just a blank page. The crown works, but the menu doesn’t.

    • Becca Becca says:

      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. ;)

  13. Kiersten says:

    Thank you so so much! I am printing them right now and so excited to do this with my kids tonight!

  14. maria l rios says:

    What a cute idea to get the family together. Love the colors… Thanks for sharing.

  15. Chris says:

    Did this tonight with my family and they LOVED it! Was such a fantastic way to do something special and meaningful without breaking the bank! Thanks!

  16. Robin says:

    I found you from Sugar Bee Crafts! I host Fluster Creative Muster Party on Wednesdays and I would love it if you would come by and party with us. Hope to see you there!

    Hugs, Smiles, and Blessings,

    Robin
    Fluster Buster

  17. Kara says:

    I keep meaning to tell you that we really enjoyed this in our house. We changed some things up (doing Valentine’s Day for the family on the 14th of THIS month). We also made a “fancy” dessert we found here. http://www.funnytummycafe.com/2013/02/28/chocolate-mousse/ It was so great. Thank you for sharing all these ideas!!

  18. Oh my gosh, this is too cute! What a great idea!

  19. Marisa says:

    Love this – we did the Dracula’s Diner and my kids loved it. Sure they’ll love this one too!

  20. Grace says:

    Sounds fun! This may be a new tradition. I’m going to give it a try. Thanks for sharing. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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