canstockphoto12429792Many MOMS agree, it’s the stretch between 4 and 6pm that’s the hardest.  Is this because the kids are getting hungry, everyone’s getting tired, or you can’t give them attention because you’re trying to prepare supper?  Yes, yes, and yes!  One great solution – Supper Club!

Supper Club is a potluck held at a member’s home between 4 and 6pm.  Pick a theme, like ‘Anything Appetizers’ or ‘Soups and Stews’ and have fun with it.  The kids get to play while MOMS Get things ready.  There’s always so much to choose from and there are kid-friendly dishes galore.  Paper plates and cups, and help from MOMS friends, make clean-up a breeze.  This is always a relaxed event enjoyed by the kids and MOMS alike.  Some added bonuses – trying some new recipes and finding out that your child actually WILL eat rice if you prepare it a certain way!

Supper Club Theme Ideas:

  • Anything Appetizers
  • Soups and Stews
  • Turkey and Fixings (Thanksgiving)
  • Corned Beef and Cabbage (St. Patrick’s Day)
  • Kids’ Favorites
  • International Dinner
  • Quiches & Pies
  • Mexican Theme
  • Italian Theme
  • Backyard Grilling
  • Make your own Pizza Night
  • Breakfast for Dinner
  • Slow Cooker Favorites
  • Family Classics
  • Outdoor Picnic

– Submitted at the Northeast Regional Luncheon by the MOMS Club of New London & Waterford, CT.

Remember, all MOMS Club activities should be during daylight hours (except the one MOMS Night Out a month), so while this would be a perfect outing for the summer, it might not work in many areas when it gets dark early in the winter.

Since most families have the dads coming home for dinner, you could adapt this to a “make-it-and-take-it-home” activity — kind of a pot luck in reverse!  Start it early enough in the afternoon for the moms to socialize some and the kids to play, but still get dinner home in time for the whole family to share!

Sharing recipes and meal prep is always fun, and you can get some great deals when you buy in bulk.   If dinners don’t work for your chapter, you might do pot-luck lunches and take home the leftovers for the next day.  Or, have a meal-making marathon with multiple families  to prepare meals ahead for several days.  Prep once, eat twice (or more!).