Make Your Holiday or Family Dinners More Fun!
Our family is one filled with “kids” of all ages! While we love our traditional family dinners filled with great food, fine wine, and constant conversation, I often try to incorporate something a little different to keep things fun and festive.
I’ve found that sometimes the simplest things are most special. As pictured, we simply placed a crayon and an index card at everyone’s place then asked each guest to write down what they are most thankful for this year. The kids helped me set the table and took joy in picking out just the right color crayon for each of our guests. After dinner, we scrambled the cards, read them aloud, and guessed who wrote each one. Simple, but special. I hope that maybe some of our ideas will spoke your own!
- Go around the table and have each guest name something they are thankful for about the person sitting next to them.
- Give each guest a piece of paper with writing utensil and ask them to write just one word on the paper at the beginning of dinner. Later in the meal (perhaps between courses or just before dessert) go around the table and form a chain story using each guests’ word. The story and silliness that will ensue will be a memory to cherish for years!
- Pick a theme and ask each guest to share a memory related to that theme.
- Prepare some holiday trivia to have the children quiz the adults between courses.
- If it’s a holiday, ask each guest to write down a favorite gift they received on that holiday, then go around the table and share each one.
- Get the kids excited about helping to set the table and have them write something for each guest to read when they sit down
- Table charades. Assign each guest a hidden character, scenario, etc. that they must act out for the other guests to guess. Carrying the holiday theme throughout the game works nicely. (example everyone is assigned a character from a Christmas movie.)
- Spread Conversation cards around the center of the table as part of the centerpiece and ask your guests to read them allowed at appropriate times between courses.
- Honor the matriarch and/or patriarch of the family and ask each guest to share their favorite memory about the person or couple.
- Have the kids cut out paper snowflakes and place them at each place setting as part of your tablescape. Later, ask each guest to write down an adjective associated with one of their favorite, most unique memories of holidays past and share with the table.
- Stay Tuned to So Good At Life for all kinds of entertaining ideas throughout the year!