Elementary School Family Dinner Night
I'd like to organize a family dinner night theme for our elementary school. I'm limited on budget, food prep area but not volunteers and enthusiasm. We have local college nutrition students willing to help out. We are thinking about a spaghetti, bread, salad and apple crisp for dinner but other ideas are welcome. We will provide table tents and a slide show on benefits of family dinners. Any other ideas you can help us with? We hope to have 100 people there.
My kids’ elementary school has a long tradition of spaghetti suppers. They are a great way for the community to get together and act like a very extended family.
Since you already have the menu and the volunteers (great touch, involving the college students!), I am guessing that you are carefully laying out the logistics of buying, preparing, cooking, serving and cleaning up.
I strongly suggest having activities for the kids, especially the little ones. These can be simple – face painting, beanbag toss and a crafts table where kids can make pictures of their own family dinners, which can then be hung up in school. You just need to keep the kids busy in case adults have to wait in line or if they want to sit and linger over the pleasant meal. Deputize some of the older kids to be responsible for younger ones. This keeps both younger and older kids occupied. Make sure you have grown-ups monitoring the event – seeing that everyone gets fed, and that the fun stays within bounds.
Then write notes about everything you did that worked well. Because I can promise you that people are going to want to repeat this event next year!