Theme dinners

Mason Dixon theme dinners

Ann from Mason-Dixon Knitting wrote in to tell us about her family’s theme dinners. After Ann’s son came out with those dreaded words “Mom. I don’t mean to be rude, but I really am not loving dinner these days.” Ann started having weekly dinners based on a fun theme.

“We do it once a week or so: the fellas put themes into a pot, and at the conclusion of a Theme Dinner we pick a new theme. So far: Japanese Night, Astronaut Night (for which I served military MREs which were as close to NASA food as I could get, and about which Hubbo complained like a new recruit at boot camp), Vibrant Colored Food Night, German Night, Stadium Food Night, and All Liquids Night. Beige Night is still lurking in the pot.

I’m no Martha Stewart, people. It was pure, stinkin’ boredom that led us to this. And it is, I have to say, really fun. As long as there’s dessert, you can’t lose.” – Ann

In the Kiddley archives you can find a post on having International Food themes for school lunchboxes. We linked to an index of International recipes on Martha Stewart which might be useful when choosing food to match a theme.

4 Responses to “Theme dinners”

  1. Rebecca

    We’ve enjoyed a few themed/dress-up dinners too…P night,superhero’s super soup, Lots of noodles…fun the kids LOVE it!
    Great idea putting themes in a pot

  2. Kerri Roberts

    I love this idea! It is so difficult sometimes figuring out what to fix for meals. This also takes some of the burden off of being responsible for picking all the meals – like I’m the only one who know what foods go together, UGH! I’m going to give this a try next week. Thanks so much.

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  3. Denise

    I was surfing in desperation for a new idea to come up with for our Lodge dinners when I stumbled on your blog. Made me LOL. Thank you!

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