Works for me Wednesday – Fun dinner ideas

It’s been a long time since I have done a WFMW, but as I was using up some leftovers the other night I was reminded of WFMW.  For more creative and helpful ideas check out WFMW at We are THAT Family.

When ever the left overs start to pile up in my fridge, and I want an easy dinner and want to get rid of the leftovers, we have “Mommy’s Smorgasbord.”  I heat up all the leftovers, add a few other fun things that I don’t normally have for dinner (i.e. goldfish crackers, fruit rollups, cheese sticks) plus I cut up fresh fruit, and what ever else I can find.  I then ring the dinner bell, and line up the family to go through the smorgasbord line.  I set up all the food on the kitchen counters, and we all enjoy different things for dinner that night.

Here are a few other FUN ideas to make the dinner time fun and a great bonding family time.  I KNOW it can be VERY hard to have dinners together, with 2 busy sports kids, it is a challenge!  But it can be worth the effort.

Mystery dinners – Mom secretly prepares dinner ( I put a big sheet up around the kitchen so no one can peek in) and place each dinner item on a plate.  I set each plate at the table and cover it.  I then call the family out for dinner. I then let each family member sample a bit of each item by “feeding them” the food, after everyone got to try everything they all try to guess what each item is.  It makes for a amusing dinner!  🙂

Breakfast week- I make breakfast items for dinner all week!  This has always been a big hit.  Pancakes and sausage are always a family favorite!

Family Favorites week – Each family member gets to have one of their favorite meals that week.

Backwards dinner – we all wear backwards clothes, and eat dessert first!!!!  How can you go wrong when dessert is first!

Green Dinners – (Or any color theme you want to go with) Serve everything green, this one is a bit rough if you are squeamish about the color of your food

Green food coloring in milk or mashed potatoes is really fun, also serve green beans, peas, green apples, ham with a green glaze ( use food coloring).  You can really have an entertaining dinner with this one. It’s a great opportunity to get those   creative juices flowing.  My kids really loved these dinners when they were preschoolers.  They still talk about it, always with fond memories.

Enjoy taking the time to eat dinner together!!  It has become a forgotten art!



20 Comments Add yours

  1. Kasey says:

    That is so cool that you are so creative with your meals. How fun!!

  2. hoosierhomemade says:

    How fun! You are really creating memories for your family, great job!

  3. You are such a COOL Mom!!!

  4. Michelle says:

    You are so right about the kitchen table being lost…..with life being so busy, I cherish the few days a week that we get to sit around together. I heard about having a little bowl with random questions (ex: if you could have your photo taken with someone, then who would it be?) to spur conversations….it’s just so important to connect as a family in “this world” where busy=successful. I love down time….especially when it includes good food! 🙂

  5. Wow! There are really fun ideas. My preschooler would love them! Thanks for sharing.

  6. Sherry says:

    What fun ideas! I’m going to have to try some of these. Thank you so much for sharing!

    Have a great Wednesday!

  7. Alicia says:

    Oh how fun! I love the smorgasboard idea. Thanks for sharing!

  8. he & me +3 says:

    You have some great ideas. Love the color theme and desserts first.

  9. Jerri says:

    Thanks for sharing all your fun ideas. I love the smorgasboard idea.

  10. Susanne says:

    So much fun! We did green thing yesterday all day with the dayhome. They loved it.

  11. Kirstin says:

    Great ideas!!! Thanks for stopping by today. My girls also play year round soccer.

  12. Love the backwards dinner idea….with backwards pizza..that’s the plan tomorrow night!!!! Was trying to think of something fun! God bless

  13. How fun! We all need dinnertime pick-me-ups!

  14. skoots1mom says:

    i cherish family dinnertime…we won’t have it much longer b/c dd will be heading to college b4 too long…
    great ideas.

  15. Lana says:

    I here for the party…but I LOVE these ideas! I need something with my crowd!

    Thanks for the heads up!

  16. Terri says:

    Great ideas! I’m visiting from the UPB. I love me some Jesus and dark chocolate too!

  17. Baba says:

    Hi! We eat dinner every night together as a family. I too love chocolate. Party hopping hippie grandma here in Colorado trying to restore an 1880 Victorian Stone Farmhouse with hubby. Hehe it’s taking forever. Participating too so stop in for a visit.

  18. Sab says:

    Hi, I came across your blog from the UBP. That is soo cool! I love mixing up dinner a bit, and I’m sure when our lil girl is old enough to notice, having a green dinner, or orange dinner, or pink dinner will be lots of fun!

  19. I’ll have to try some of this dinner ideas. What a fun blog you have. I look forward to reading more!

  20. I found your blog through the UBP. What great dinner ideas! We eat together every night as a family, and it is always great to get some new ideas! Thanks!!

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