Life really bogs me down by the middle of the week. The restive effects of the prior weekend have started to wear off and the next weekend is still waaay too far away. Sometimes it helps to just celebrate something in order to perk things up. One of my absolute favorite things to do is celebrate dinner. We like to have “theme” dinners, which our kids really like. We’ll plan the food, music and entertainment around international cuisine.
We’ll have burritos, tacos or quesadillas and listen to some mariachi music for a Mexican fiesta.
We’ve made spaghetti and meatballs with a viewing of “The Godfather”. We’ll listen to classic Italian love songs and have some $3.39 Winking Owl cabernet while the kids have sparkling juice served in champagne glasses, of course. Light some candles at the table and you’re all set.
One of my favorites was gyros, hummus and Mediterranean music for a Greek Festival, followed by watching “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” with the baklava that J picked-up on his way home from work. We’ve also done pizza and board games, fried chicken and “Little House on the Prairie”, etc. There are just tons of options.
We have iTunes internet radio and they have a great (free) selection of international (and every other kind you can imagine) music. That gives us so many options of pairing cuisine and music. Every night we listen to something different and it’s really broadened our horizons. Our kids have a healthy respect for an amazing array of music and food, and really open their minds to trying something new. It doesn’t mean they like everything they try, but at least they’re willing to give most things a shot.
Another fun idea is to celebrate random holidays occurring on that day. Earth Calendar is a neat website where you can look for holidays on any given day, all around the world. Why not celebrate Uzbekistan’s independence day on September 1? Take time to research Battle of Carabobo Day in Venezuela on June 24 and talk about it at dinner. It can be a lot of fun to find out random information about random holidays in random countries, just so you can impress your friends and neighbors with all of your random knowledge.
I also discovered John’s blog “Foodimentary” a couple of weeks ago. He posts every day, giving a different food “holiday” and the background behind it, along with some unrelated, yet interesting nonetheless, facts that occurred on this day in history. I’m getting a kick out of reading it every day and would like to incorporate that into our rotation of celebrations, as well. Today is National Bagel and Lox Day, by the way, and I’d really like to celebrate it by eating one with extra cream cheese. Mmmmmm….
What things do you do with your family to perk up the middle of the week? Please share your ideas because I’m alway looking for new ones!