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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Youth Group Progressive Dinner

A few years ago I planned a progressive dinner for our church youth group. My teens make sure I plan one every year since then. It is a lot of fun for the kids and I think the adults. I like that the adults make the kids feel welcome and hopefully it helps bridge the gap of the age difference and that these kids know that there are adults in their lives that want encourage them. I think it is also good for the adults that volunteer to prepare a meal and host the children in their home.

If you are unfamiliar with a progressive dinner it is simply a dinner where each course is prepared and served at a different house. Several drivers load up their vehicles and stop for appetizers, salads, main course, and of course dessert and games.

I usually plan how many courses by how many people sign up to host the kids. This year our menu was:

  • 1st house: Appetizers- nachos & cheese sticks
  • 2nd house: Soup-chicken noodle
  • 3rd house: Salad- taco salad
  • 4th house: Main dish-lasagna
  • 5th house: Dessert: Sunday bar
  • Games back at the church building

I always enjoy planning and driving the kids. This was my car load for the evening. And here are a few food pictures from our stops.  

















I had several games planned. I think the favorite of the night was the noodle game. The kids had way more fun with this than I ever thought they would. Even the older teens wanted to play it several times. I gave each kid a dry spaghetti noodle we used a box of mini penne rigate to dump on the table. The object of the game was to see who could get the most penne on their spaghetti without using their hands. They were to hold the spaghetti in their mouth.



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