Friday, May 22, 2020

Just for Fun - Family Theme Nights

I’m pretty low key when it comes to being a mom.

I don’t cook elaborate meals. Those amazing food bloggers lose me around ingredient number five. 

I’m terrible at creating scrapbooks, scheduling family photos, and doing all the things I’ll probably wish I had done when my kids are out of the house. 

If a craft involves anything I don’t already have at home, I skip it. I don’t even own a hot glue gun. Gasp! Maybe this is why God gave me boys. 

My family still manages to have fun doing other things. One of the activities my boys have been loving is having a weekly theme night for dinner. We choose a meal and corresponding costumes, decorations (stuff we already own, of course, because I’m cheap) and sometimes even music to go with our theme.

It all started when my husband was making Hawaiian burgers. I’m the odd person who loves teriyaki sauce and pineapple on her burger. To be completely honest, I'd had a stressful day, and I wasn't in a great mood. I was doing my best not to let my sour attitude rub off on the rest of the family. I remembered that in the cabinet we had some plastic leis and coconut cups from Dollar Tree, so we pulled them out.

My boys (11 and 6) loved it, so they took the idea and ran with it. So far, we’ve done:

Hawaiian (Hawaiian burgers)

Cowboy (cowboy stew)

American / red, white, and blue (burgers, hot dogs, and baked beans - like I said, I’m not a fancy cook. Apparently, we eat a lot of burgers.)

Sloppy (Manwiches) My 11-year-old came up with this one. We dressed sloppily to eat our sloppy joes. Ha! My mom, who lives with us, even let the boys put crazy lipstick on her. She's a trooper. 

Next week, is French. They want to wear black and white striped shirts and paint on tiny mustaches. My French food repertoire is limited, so my husband had the idea to make breakfast for dinner with French toast. Brilliant!

Weekly Theme Night is a simple, affordable (yay for cheap!) way to have some fun and make memories with your kids. 

Give your family a chance to come up with the ideas. That’s half the fun and they’ll probably surprise you with their creativity.

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