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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Valentine Mystery Dinner

I have to thank Gourmet Mom on-the-go for our family's FAVORITE Valentine's Day tradition.  It's a Valentine Mystery Dinner and kids LOVE it!  It's a silly, mixed up dinner that has your family and friends guessing what they will get the whole time.  Super fun and we even have free printable mystery dinner menus for you (see the bottom of the post).





For years I've struggled to find a fun Valentine's Day tradition for our family that wasn't too mushy for Little Son or too expensive and time-consuming.  This idea is perfect.  It's fun for ALL of US. 






We decorated the table with whatever we could find around the house and at our local store.  I covered the kitchen opening with a curtain, so the kids would be surprised when they came in.





Here is a picture of our very first mystery dinner about 5 years ago!  Simple, but festive.  See how we covered the kitchen area with curtain so they couldn't see our food prep.





Sometimes we send them an anonymous (but obvious) invite.  We left it at the door so they didn't know who it was from.  While they were at a friend's house, we made dinner and decorated.  Then my husband and I dressed up as well as "The Chef" and "The Server".  We used accents and everything.  The kidlets were laughing their heads off. (sorry no pics of that!).







My Man and I sometimes wear silly glasses or disguises as we serve them.  So silly.






Here's what the menu looks like.  The kidlets have to pick what they want for each course, but they don't know exactly what they are choosing because it's all mixed up with crazy names.

We used these free printable menus to make it easier.  You assign each food a code name.  You can even have the spoons and forks with special code name, so they get mixed up too.  Use the menu guide that comes with the free printables to keep track of the codes names you assigned each food.

We've done it more than one year, so we switch up the menu so the kids cannot guess what we are having.  Last year was tacos.  One year we had hamburgers.

They end up with spaghetti and no fork, or a drink and a napkin, and lots of giggles. It's hilarious and a good memory.










Of course we have dessert . . . sometimes it comes first!







We love to serve fun drinks, like this Cupid Float.








And I leave them with a party favor to enjoy.  







Hope this inspires a fun idea for your family this Valentine's Day!







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14 comments:

  1. I like this idea and thanks for sharing visiting from create it thursday I'm lorraine at http://lorrainesresources.blogspot.com

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    1. It's great to have new visitors! Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Visiting from Create It Thursday! What a fun idea! So cute! I especially like the mystery dinner items concept with the fun names! Adorable!

    Shelley

    www.piggyinpolkadots.com

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    1. It's super fun and a good way to connect with kids older and younger. Takes away the pressure and mushy part of Valentines Day.

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  3. This is such a cute idea and a great way to get kids involved! Thanks!

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    1. And it's easy cuz you gotta eat dinner anyway . . .

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  4. This is such a cute idea! I just pinned it and you inspired me to start a new pinterest Valentine board. I'm excited to do more things with my boys this Valentine's day since they are getting a little older.

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    1. Awesome. I can't wait to see what you pin. Val-day can be fun for all ages.

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  5. This looks like such a fun idea! I'm sure my kiddos would love it!

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  6. Love this idea!! I'll have to pin this for future use :)

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  7. What a fun idea! I love family nights!

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  8. Fun way to celebrate! Pinning to my Valentine's idea board. :)

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  9. This is such a fun idea! My kids would love that spaghetti dinner. Pinning this!

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