“How the Grinch Stole Christmas” Dinner Theater Date night!

This year for one of our Advent calendar activities, I planned a “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” dinner-themed date night. It was pretty fun to plan and pull off. I searched for some food ideas online and here is what I came up with.

I found a printable invite online. Printed it and slipped it into my husband lunch box for the day of the party.

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I search online and found some food ideas. I typed up a menu, printed it, and set it at the table.

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Movie Night Menu

Appetizer:

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Grinch Kabobs

(green grape, strawberries and banana)

 

Main Course: 

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Roast Beast

(Venison)

 

Side dish:

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Who Hash

(Potatoes & Cheese) 

 

Dessert:

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Who Pudding

(Pudding with dried cranberries and cinnamon)

 

Beverage:

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Beezlenut Splash

(Sparkling cider)

 

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When my husband came home I had some music from the “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” soundtrack playing and had the DVD cued up.

I pulled out the good china and we had a candlelight dinner while we watched “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

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It was a fun way to enjoy one of my childhood favorite Christmas movies.

Have fun planning your date night!

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Christmas Minute-to-Win-it Competition!

If you are looking for a fun Christmas party game idea, I would check out doing a Christmas Minute-to-Win-it party.  I have seen some ideas for Minute-to-Win-it game nights on Pinterest (I believe that is where I found this blog a while back). It looked like a lot of fun, but at the time we were just in a small apartment so I put the idea on hold. Once we were in our small house, I wondered if we still had enough room to pull this off. So we invited some family over to try it out. It was so much fun!

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With my husband’s help we were able to show clips of what the challenge was on our TV for each game just like on the show. I think that worked well, as a visual can be helpful with some of these games. You can find most of the instructions by Goggling them or checking on YouTube. Here is a sample of some of the games we did:

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“Nutstacker”

You will need:

  • Candy canes
  • 8 nuts

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“Face the Gingerbread Man”

You will need:

  • Gingerbread cookies*

*These were the hardest things for us to find. We finally ended up finding some and just bought enough for everyone to have one gingerbread cookie. We used regular cookies if the gingerbread man one broke.

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“Merry Fishmas”

You will need:

  • Candy canes (4 small and one regular)
  • Chopsticks
  • String

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“Stack Attack”

You will need:

  • 36 red cups

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“Christmas Balls”

You will need:

  • A wrapped empty gift box
  • One round ornament

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“Christmas Cliffhanger”

You will need:

  • 10 Christmas cards
  • A table

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“Snowball Toss”

You will need:

  • Marshmallows
  • Bucket
  • Christmas wreath

 

Have fun planning your party!

“The 12 Daytz of Christmas“

If you are looking for a fun and creative gift for your husband or wife, you might want to check out The 12 Daytz of Christmas. I found the idea for “The 12 Daytz of Christmas” on Pinterest. I gave it to my husband a few years ago and it was a blast. It was a good way for us to make sure at least once a month we were doing something fun! At the first of each month he would open that month’s envelope and see what our activity would be. Next we would look over the calendar and plan our big date for that month. You can customize them to what works best for your family.

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Be creative and have fun with it!

 

 

Napoleon Dynamite Date Night!

Themed date nights can be a lot of fun to create. At our home we make it a point to do a date night once a week. We rotate who is in charge of planning the date each week. It can be as simple as watching a movie, playing a game, or going out and doing something. One of the themed date nights that I did that was a Napoleon Dynamite-themed date night. It was lot of fun to pull off.

For a Napoleon Dynamite date night, here is what you will need:

  • Napoleon Dynamite movie
  • Cake (if you don’t want to “build” a cake you can buy one)
  • A note inviting your “soulmate” to be your date for the night

Here is what I did:

I built a cake and did the whole Pedro-asking-Summer-out-with-a-cake scene. Since it was summer I made an angel food cake and put some cool whip blobs with red-hots in the middle on the top for decoration. We added the strawberries later so the cake would not get soggy as we ate dinner. For dinner you can either make something, catch your date a delicious bass, go out to eat, or order in; whatever works with your plan and budget.

If you don’t own this movie you can either borrow, rent, or see if your local library has it for free.

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I made my cake in the afternoon and anxiously waited for my husband to come home. I then snuck out the back door and set the cake on the door step with a personalized note on top. I then rung the door bell and hid. I am sure the neighbors were amused. I must say I executed it perfectly and did not get caught sneaking out or placing the cake on the steps. I did the same note front as they did in the movie, and personalized the inside of the note with some favorite lines from the movie. Be creative and have fun with it!

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If you are not a fan of Napoleon Dynamite you can always do another movie too. Find something you both can enjoy and make a memory. Keep it simple and have fun!

P.S.  My husband says this was one of the most memorable date nights yet!

‘Twas the first night of December…

If you have never tried Elfing, you don’t know what you are missing out on. What you do is bake or buy a small item to give to a neighbor or friend. With the gift include a door sign and instructions on what they are to do to return the favor. The goal is to deliver the package without getting caught. That’s where it gets interesting. It is a great way to show your neighbors and friends that you care for them, and to encourage them to bless another neighbor. Elfing worked the best for us when we were living in an apartment. It was fun to walk down the halls and see who all was getting into the Christmas spirit of giving to their neighbors.

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I also found a Thanksgiving version of Elfing called the Thanksgiving Turkey.

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Happy Elfing!