If you think back to the most comforting and happiest memories with your family, many of them likely happened around the dinner table. There’s so much that goes on in the lives of each family member, so dinners are crucial to keeping everyone in touch. However, achieving that can seem difficult considering changing lives, growing teens, and addictive screens. Luckily, you may find that it’s easy to get everyone around the table by following these simple ways to make your family dinner fun.
Around the World
Humans are naturally curious and wish to learn more about the world they inhabit—that’s why it’s a great idea to start an around-the-world-themed dinner. The idea of switching up your dinner plan to a different culture can seem intimidating, but it’s not.
Begin with monthly themed dinners and choose simple dishes so that you don’t overwhelm yourself. Start with German night by cooking German-style bratwurst for dinner if you don’t know what to choose—it’s easy and delicious. Around the world also gives you a great opportunity to expand on your Italian roots and make dishes you’re unfamiliar with.
One of the best parts of family dinner is the conversation, but that can be difficult after a long day. As such, a simple way to make your family dinner fun is by incorporating a conversation jar. Creating a conversation jar gives you several opportunities to spend time with the family, from finding the jar, decorating it, adding topics, and choosing them. Many children and adults alike love this as they can add fun topics they wish to discuss, and it gives you the opportunity to learn more about one another.
A dinner bar is a fantastic idea as it gives you a break from cooking and allows everyone more freedom in customizing their meal. You can make any meal a dinner bar, but some of the easiest options are a pasta bar, salad bar, and omelet bar. Moreover, a dinner bar offers a fantastic opportunity to use up any of your leftovers.