What's for Dinner? Tips for Making Family Meals Fun!
Eating dinner at home doesn't have to be a humdrum dining experience. With a little inspiration and creativity, you can make a typical weeknight dinner unforgettable!
Check out these simple ways that you can turn dinner time into fun time for you and your family!
Try Something New
You can add a dash of excitement and variety to your family's meals when you introduce them to new recipes and ingredients.
Does your family stifle a yawn when you serve dinner each night? If so, wake up their taste buds by experimenting with flavorful new recipes and ingredients. When searching for recipes, look for ingredients or seasonings that you don't typically use when cooking. This can be a wonderful way to encourage your kids to try new foods.
Create Themed Dinners
Themed dinners are a fun and exciting way to take your family's mealtime from the ordinary to the extraordinary.
A themed dinner can be simple or extravagant, depending on how much time and effort you want to invest. You can choose to focus only on the foods that will be served or add festive decorations and music to complete the setting. Here are a few themed dinner ideas that are sure to be a hit with your family.
- Mardi Gras
- The Big Game
- Mexican fiesta
- Hawaiian luau
- The Wild West
Ditch the Dining Room
Who says dinner can only be eaten at the dining room table? Instead of gathering around the table, serve your family dinner someplace unexpected tonight!
A change of scenery is a simple and cost-free way to enliven your family's dinnertime. When the weather is nice, pack a picnic basket filled with your family's favorite foods, then head outdoors to enjoy a relaxing picnic in your backyard or a nearby park. If the weather isn't so nice, spread a blanket on the floor and have a picnic in your family room.
Stir Up Some Conversation
Now that you've gathered your family for dinner, what are you going to talk about? Dinnertime offers the perfect opportunity to engage your family in meaningful conversation.
When you are trying to strike up a conversation over dinner, don't just stick to standard questions like "How was your day?" Instead, delve into more thought-provoking subjects such as one of these topics.
- Ask each family member to talk about the high point of their day
- Start planning your family's upcoming summer vacation
- Discuss the day's major local and global news events
- Talk about a book you or one of your kids have read recently