I hope that everyone had a wonderful Valentine’s Day. We decided to start a new Valentine’s tradition with the kids this year – Cupid’s Crazy Cafe. My good friend Kristina Rose recently wrote about her family tradition of doing this in her photography newsletter. Here’s a link to her website if anyone is looking for a photographer in the NRV, she’s excellent. The idea originally came from the Dating Divas website, where they have free printables if you want to give it a try yourself.
Here’s how it works: You print out the menu for each person and a cheat sheet (I decided to laminate everything so that I can reuse them each year). They also have printable crowns, which are a must!
Each person chose the order of the menu items without seeing the cheat sheet. After everyone had chosen, we revealed the cheat sheet.
We also used our fancy china, which was a treat for the kids.
Here’s what was on our menu: #1 Cheese and Crackers
#3 – Mini Cupcakes from Bubblecake
#4 Sparkling Apple Juice for the kids and Wine for Mom and Dad
#5 – Mixed Berries
#6 – Milk for the kids and flavored water for mom and dad
#7 – Heart Shaped Pepperoni Pizza for the kids and Portabella and Brie Pizza for the adults
#8 – Spanish Olives
We had a lot of fun with this. Addison lucked out and got to eat her dessert first! This was a special treat for her because most of the time she won’t eat any dinner at all and therefore not get dessert.
Not a very good picture, but Addison enjoyed her cupcake and cheese and crackers first.
Jackson is eagerly awaiting his first course of Sparkling Apple Juice and Pizza
Scott started off with Brussels Sprouts and Mixed Berries.
Ryan started with Cheese and Crackers and Brussels Sprouts, although he was very disappointed not to have a drink first because he was very thirsty!
I started with Olives and Brussels Sprouts.
Dinner was definitely a success. The kids loved it and can’t wait to do it again. Scott said that this was the quietest dinner we’ve had in 7 years. The kids were very focused on eating so that they could get to the next course. I also printed out props to take Valentine’s Photo Booth Pictures, but we didn’t get a chance. Maybe next year…