During the winter month’s it can be really difficult to find things to do to occupy your time. Even having friends and family over for dinner can get pretty boring after a while. Have you ever considered having a fun cook off for your kids and their friends? Winter time is really a great time to do this. Especially during any winter break. Below are a few tips to get you started on planning your fun winter cook off.
1. Set a date and pick a theme
The best time would probably be during a school break. Of course if you have a couple of snow days you can also plan to have a winter cook off during this time as well. Some have found it best not to set a theme or date at all. Instead they leave it open for a day when the kids are bored. So how can the kids still have a cook off, when they are stuck indoors for a snow day? Read the next tip to find out.
2. Skype it
Technology now allows friends to get together in when the weather outside is not good. During most winter storms roads may be bad, but the electricity still works. You can have your kids call their friends and let them know that this afternoon they will have a cook off via Skype. How can you judge it. Well that’s when the parents get involved. Parents can keep track of the time limit. When it comes to judging the dishes you can have an impartial neighbor do this. Possibly a neighbor who could use some company. Winter is a lonely time for many in the elderly community. Of course you can just keep it a friendly activity and not make it competitive at all.
3. Breakfast, lunch, or dinner
You can even narrow down the choices even more. You can have them all pick whether or not the cook off will be based on a breakfast them, a lunch theme, or a dinner theme. This will make it an even more interesting event.
4. Pick a location
If you are looking to get the kids all together at one time for the cook off. You can use your home or a home of a friend as the main location. Since it is winter time, it may be a good idea to arrange for a group pickup for the kids that live close to each other.
5. Chip in for the materials
You can have all of the parents chip in for the supplies at least one week prior to the cook off. This way you can have all of the supplies ready to go when the kids arrive. Be sure to have a few parents available to supervise the kids as they are cooking. Remember that you want the kids to have fun, but you also want to make sure that they are safe.
So what are you waiting for? The cold weather has already started to settle in, so now is the time to start your planning. Also don’t think you have to plan just one. Hosting these several times during the winter months can really be a lot of fun. Don’t worry about the expense if you buy in bulk, you will not have to worry about the cost.