Family Cooking Party

 By Shauna Harris

A family party, or a party and cooking session. 

Whatever you call the family gathering, it's a great way for for all members of a family to get together. Choose a good day to gather the whole family in the kitchen to help out with food preparation. Be willing to compromise when it comes to everyone’s personal schedules! If your son has a term paper due the next day, or if your spouse just worked a double-shift, it's not fair to obligate them to participation. Long as it's once a week, and everyone in the family can be involved.

Upbeat music, funny stories, and contagious laughter fills the air of the kitchen. Let go of any attitudes or sensitive issues that may be present between family members. You want everything to stay upbeat and loose . If everyone feels comfortable, they will have fun and want to do it again. You could even b ring vacation brochures out for planning a trip for summer vacation. Don't talk about bills or grades, that could ruin a good mood.

The amount of food you cook should last for a few days. That will give you, the regular meal provider, some much needed time off.
Plan meals that are not complicated to prepare. Grocery shopping can already be taken care of by your responsible teenager, who hopefully has a drivers license. If your family crew is much younger, find a task such as putting away groceries, or gathering supplies the day of the party.

Don't hesitate to turn the music up!

Adults should be be open your teenagers' music choice.

Teens and youngsters should be allow parents to introduce “old school music”, or music classics that never go out of style.

Prepping, chopping, and salad fixing can be completed by idle hands that are old enough to handle sharp utensils, operate the stove, and other appliances.

  • Baked Chicken 
  • Spaghetti
  • Green Beans
  • Corn on the Cob
  • Burger (Beef or Turkey)
  • Apples
  • Cucumbers
  • Tomatoes

Which ever meals you decide to make, make sure to allow the whole crew to have a voice in the weekly decision. Even if it's Pigs in a Blanket....

Take pictures at the party, and frame them. Family parties are great, and the job of cooking is done for a couple of days. As you party and cook, or cook and party, there is time spent with the people you love. It is an excellent opportunity to create a stress-free time for your family that is well needed, and deserved.

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