Managing Monday’s: An Orange Dinner

Managing Monday’s: An Orange Dinner

It’s Orange night I tell the kids as they walk in the door after school. Orange night? Yes, make sure you have some sort of orange on when you come to the dinner table. In the middle of winter when it has been dreary outside, and school seems to go on, and on, and on, I like to break the monotony with Theme Dinners. It is easy, fun and sometimes just what our family needs to get us out of a rut.

Orange night usually means macaroni and cheese or grilled cheese sandwiches, carrots, Cheetos, orange juice, and oranges. It involves wearing orange, and bringing the color orange into the conversation. if I have time I will try to find a dessert that matches as well. Orange night is the easiest if you are just trying this out. Brown is also fairly easy, meatloaf, chocolate milk, mashed potatoes with gravy and some sort of chocolate dessert. When the kids were younger they would ask for a certain color theme and we would brainstorm about what we could make that would fit in and whether we would really want to do it.

Letters of the alphabet have also been options. Tonight’s dinner is brought to you by the letter “s”, we will have spaghetti, eat only with spoons, and every sentence we speak must begin with the theme letter. You would be surprised how much fun dinner becomes with just a small tweak. make it a cowboy night and everyone needs to have some sort of cowboy addition to their attire. bandanas are an easy one, or cowboy boots or hats or a bolo tie. Have dinner on the floor with a tablecloth and serve hot dogs or hamburgers with chips and have microwave s’mores for dessert. Have everyone try to talk with southern accents.

The possibilities are endless, the family fun is well worth the extra time it takes. it usually can be pulled off with what you have in the pantry and a little imagination. Spontaneity is key and your participation is a must. When the kids realize you are having fun, and that you went out of your way to make dinner fun for no special occasion the memories you create are priceless. It is not about the perfect meal, it is about the adventure of getting to that meal.

If you chooses to try this, please let me know what you come up with and how it goes!



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What a great idea!! Wish I’d known you when I was raising my kids?!

Comment by Barb Stoefen

Barb, that is one of the nicest compliments I have ever gotten, thank you. I think you dis just fine, but knowing you for more years would only be a bonus for me!

Comment by Kari

I love this Kari! You should expand this article and submit it to SimpleMom.net (the founder now lives in Bend!) or SimpleKids.net. Owen would LOVE Orange night, as it is his favorite color and he will only eat on an orange plate. Maybe if we have a blue themed night, we can convince him to eat on some of our other dishes!

Comment by Alissa

Thanks Alissa, how long do you think it would need to be? Blue is a tough color to do, but give it a whirl and let me know what you come up with to eat !!

Comment by Kari

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