Topsy Turvy Dinner

18 Mar

Looking for a fun dinner idea?  Want a way to get the whole family interested and EXCITED about dinner? Looking for something to have for dinner on a weekend besides Pizza?  Then you need to have a “Topsy Turvy Dinner”.  We have this every once in a while, and the KIDS LOVE IT!! In fact, we had it last night. And it was fantastic!

My Kids Make a “Topsy Turvy Dinner” and yours can too! Confused? Read on……

The idea behind a Topsy Turvy Dinner is quite simple: Go to the store and let everyone pick out ONE item they want to have for dinner. Just one.  Even if its a condiment.  Even if it doesnt seem like a full dinner can be had with the random selections of your family members. Just go with it. Go to the store all together as a family, let each person have their turn selecting their special item.  Then, when you get home, cook/prepare the items together.

At dinner time, it really is fun to see all the random foods laying out together. To hear your kids say, “My _____ is SO good”, “Do you like what I picked?”.  We share all the foods together {so that one person isn’t stuck eating an entire can of olives for dinner, and to make it more of a communal gathering}.

Want to know what we had for our Topsy Turvy Dinner last night?

  • Black Olives
  • Seasoned French Fries
  • Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
  • Kielbasa

The kids always love when we have Topsy Turvy Dinner, and I kind of do too. There is an excitement about it as you search the aisles for your ONE item.  There is a fun energy at the table as everyone samples the fare. We laugh and talk and have a lot of fun on Topsy Turvy night.

Go ahead, try it. Then let me know what you think!




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8 Responses to “Topsy Turvy Dinner”

  1. Heather 18. Mar, 2011 at 1:52 pm #

    Tells us who picked what. I am curious. Also, could Sydney be anymore cute and beautiful in that first photos? I love that photos of her.

  2. becky 18. Mar, 2011 at 2:14 pm #

    @heather: take a guess. I want to see what you think!!!

  3. Poppi 18. Mar, 2011 at 2:55 pm #

    My guess for food picks:
    Olives- Silas
    French Fries- Sydney
    Kielbasa- Curtis
    Hummus- Becky

  4. Nana 18. Mar, 2011 at 7:37 pm #

    I agree, that is the best / cutest picture of Sydney.
    That one goes in my photo frame for all the grandkids.

    Love the idea of a Topsy Turvy dinner.

    @Poppi – good matching for food picks.

  5. becky 18. Mar, 2011 at 10:14 pm #

    @Poppi: close, but not correct. Keep guessing everyone

  6. Nana 18. Mar, 2011 at 10:26 pm #

    OK – I’ll venture a guess…….
    Becky – Kielbasa or hummus to make sure there was protein
    Silas – French fries
    Sydney – Black Olives
    Curtis – Kielbasa or hummus to make sure there was protein

  7. nonna 20. Mar, 2011 at 3:15 pm #

    All I know is Sydney loves hummus!! Doesn’t she look so grown up? Well, she IS almost 3.

  8. becky 21. Mar, 2011 at 11:12 am #

    you guys were close, but no one officially guessed correctly. Here’s the run down.

    Silas: keilbasa
    Sydney: black olives
    Becky: hummus (not for protein, just cause I LOVE hummus)
    Curtis: french fries

    good guessing everyone!