Our Family is Coming Home!
Do you have a special family occasion in the future and need help with planning a menu? Need recipes and cooking tips? – Here you go.
A great family gathering requires careful planning, and my first goal is to help create those lifelong memories that help make us a family.
A great family get-together requires careful planning on my part. I always start with food! I make lists of menu items for each meal, then I plan each day, and next is the grocery lists, but we won’t go that far today.
Keep reading and you too can confidently plan menus for one meal or 15! (3 meals/day x 5 =15) Don’t forget to make a list of snacks and beverages.
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What’s in it for me? Why would I go to all this work?
Well, if you are a parent you know the answer to that question, right?
It isn’t very often I get the chance to “mother” or “smother” my grown children and their families, so when I get the chance, I want to do it well.
I want my daughter, son-in-law ( who is a son), and our son and his new wife ( who we love) to feel like they have had an amazingly relaxing time at home.
Another reason we like them to come is that they bring our grandchildren- It’s all part of the plan.
Everyone knows there will be delicious food planned for the week. It would be easy to get some fast food or go out to a restaurant, but they can do that any time. I want to make homemade food they will love and keep them full!! They complain a bit about being full all the time, but I know they love it.
Planning every meal ahead of time is so important! That way, when the time comes to shop and implement you are ready.
So what lists do you have to make to be sure you are prepared? As you can guess, it starts at least a month before the big visit arrives.
Because our family travels a long distance my plan is for 5 days, but you can easily adapt this to any occasion.
Before you begin planning meals, you need to think about the people who are coming. What are their favorites and what do they dislike? For example, I couldn’t swallow anything with mushrooms in it, so no one gets them.
We have some family favorites that I always make and always try to surprise everyone with something new and delicious.
I am also expecting to make special meals for the little guys who may not like the grown-up food, but that’s pretty easy.
Remember to plan for 3 meals/day, snacks, sweets, and beverages.
Below you will find lists of meals I prepare for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Snacks.
Next, you will find a Menu Planning Guide that I made and a Menu Planning Worksheet for you to use.
- Egg dishes, I make some kind of egg dish each day and have started using the crockpot for overnight egg casseroles. -Don’t forget to use a crockpot liner.
- Pancakes or waffles with maple syrup
- Bacon, Bacon, Bacon. I make 2 pounds every morning.
- Don’t forget fresh fruit & juice
- Have cereal on hand for the kids.
- Coffee of course
This can get a little tricky because we may not all be together for lunch, and if it is summer, on many days we head out to a beech, so I often have to pack lunches. Lundh is pretty light for us because we likely had a big breakfast a little late.
- I always make a homemade cold pasta salad and potato salad from scratch to add to any meal.
- Cold turkey, ham, cheese, and other sandwich ingredients. Let everyone build their own sandwich or wrap
- We usually have delicious leftovers from dinner as a choice because I ALWAYS make too much.
- In the winter, I am pretty well known for making great soups or chili
- Salads with choices of toppings and dressing.
- In summer try foods like hot dogs, brats, & watermelon
Make sure you plan your meals out completely and have a “plan B”. You will need to adjust based on activities, appetites, and weather. Lots to think about, I know. Even in winter, I try to plan for some grilling with delicious side dishes.
- BBQ Ribs
- Taco Pie
- Cheeseburgers and Brats. I make two cookie sheets of sliders.
- If it is summer, I plan for a fresh fish fry on the last night but am open to getting pizza if we don’t catch fish.
- For winter, I make Beef Tenderloin and shrimp.
- Fruit Snacks
- Cheese sticks
- Potato Chips
- Chocolate, marshmallows and graham crackers – You guessed it
- Beef sticks – lots of them from our local meat market
- Sweets ( cookies, bars, & ice cream)
Get a Planned Menu with Recipes Here!
Ok. I hope this makes sense. Here is how a completed menu for my family looks. Click Here or the Menu Image
Feel free to Print it and use it as a guide to creating your own Menu Plan.
You can use it to complete your own 5-Day Menu Planning Worksheet! The FREE Worksheet.
As I said, we have our family favorite recipes. Here are 10 of my family recipes to try with your family. You won’t find them anywhere else, and I guarantee if you like potato salad, you need to use this recipe!
The recipes are also included in your printable Menu Planning Worksheet.
There is nothing more wonderful in life than when your family can all be together. For me, the fun, laughing, and just enjoying each other’s company is a time I know we all love and new memories are made.
Family meals are for story-telling, sharing new things and also eating great food- that I cooked.
Please feel free to contact me with questions and make a comment below about what will help you with your next family dinner.
Don’t forget to download your Free Menu Worksheets.
P.S. When your family is coming or you are having friends over, you might also enjoy:
Create Your Own Kabobs Party– This is a favorite for my family