For Nora’s 11th birthday, we hosted a “Wacky Dinner.” Here’s how we did it in case you are interested for your own families. It’s a great activity for a family dinner on a weekend or parties.
We first learned about Wacky Dinners from our friend Francine about 20 years ago. I could not remember how to do it exactly, so Francine coached me. Thanks Francine!
So here’s the concept – you give the guests a menu that has all the items written as riddles. On the menu, the guests write which menu items they want to receive with each course – and you can have three or four courses.
Here was our menu:
|Menu Item||Clue on the Guest Menu|
|Snack Mix||Nora Can’t Stop|
|Cubes of cheddar cheese||Squares|
|California rolls sushi||Wish They All Could Be|
|Deviled Eggs||Wicked Breakfast|
|Mini pizza||Big Enough for a Chipmunk|
|Tuna Salad on a Cracker||Never Swim with a Bicycle|
|Hummus and Pita Crackers||Smooth as a Baby’s Bottom|
|Macaroni and Cheese||Curly Squirty|
|Shrimp Cocktail||Going for a Dip|
|Carrot sticks||Underground icicles|
|Cucumber slices||Round and round|
|Applesauce||Pulverized with Love|
|Grapes||Not Quite Wine|
|Red pepper slices||Like a Lipstick Smile|
|Gherkins||Important for Every Meal|
|Square of Seaweed||From a Mermaid’s Notebook|
|Tomato Soup||Bubbling Lava|
|Birthday Cake||Why We Came|
|Vanilla ice cream||Jack Frost|
|Jello in a cup||Jiggly Wiggly|
|Rice Krispie square||Chewbacca|
|Square of Hershey’s Chocolate||Missing His Friend Graham|
|Chocolate Syrup||Mud in the Rain|
|Raspberry Yogurt Popsicles||Sun-burned Yogurt|
|Whipped Cream||I’m Beat!|
|Butter Crisps||Try Not to Explode|
|Petit Ecolier Cookies (Shortbreads with Chocolate on them)||Petit Écolier or the Little School Boy|
That was actually too much food – the girls got too full. I would cut it in half. We just had so much fun coming up with the clues, and we thought the servings were so small, they would need a lot of stuff.
Also, we found plating the first few courses was a bit stressful with 10 items in each course – better to have something like five.
Nora did this sketch of the Wacky Dinner and I love it so much:
She also did a sketch of the girls at the mall doing a scavenger hunt – another activity the girls enjoyed.