A while back I wrote a list of 50 Theme Meals. Here are 25 more.
All silverware got thrown overboard. Everybody will have to use one of the “other” utensils like spatulas, tongs and anything else that isn’t a knife, spoon or fork. The menu? Let’s start with chicken nuggets…er, “Golden Nuggets“.
What meals can you make that has all the colors of the rainbow? Some foods will lend themselves to a color (blue – blueberry smoothies, red – spaghetti, green – many vegetables, yellow – scrambled eggs). Others will need some creative thinking and/or food color.
Decorate the dining hall like it’s Halloween and serve “scary” foods, like Mummy Dogs.
Pixar’s Brave was a fun movie. What’s even more fun is talking with a Scottish accent. Let’s avoid the haggis and meat pudding for this meal. A nice fish chowder and some biscuits would be good. Otherwise, just have a typical American meal but talk with accents and have the male counselor’s wear kilts. Then go outside to do some archery.
5. GAME DAY
What would you have to eat on game day – pizza, wings, potato chips? You betcha! Don’t forget to dress in your favorite team’s colors. A little face paint wouldn’t hurt, either.
Blow up the balloons, call in the clowns and serve up those corn dogs. Is that a snow cone machine?
7. MARDI GRAS
Put on the jazz, throw me some beads and bring out the jambalaya.
8. MYSTERY MEAL
In the morning have cabin groups “order” off a menu for that evening’s dinner. The menu will have code names on it, so the campers and staff won’t know what they are ordering. One order is for the whole group, not each individual person, but each group will get to choose one of four or five meals. Depending on their choice they may get dessert first or find that they have to eat their salad with their hands. The book below has 9 pre-planned meals and is available on Amazon.
It’s everyone’s birthday during this meal. We all sing Happy Birthday to each other, blow out a candle on our cupcake and maybe even get a little gift from our counselors. Yippee! Now where’s my party hat and balloons? Ooooh! Is that a pinata?
10. MAKE IT YOURSELF
Kids (and me) can be picky. instead of worrying about whether we should add mustard to the sandwiches, let them make their own. Bread, lunch meats, veggies, pb &j, bananas, tuna, etc. Create a Subway-style sandwich bar, a pasta bar, a salad bar, a soup bar and a dessert bar and let them make their own meal – kinda.
11. INCREDIBLE HULK
You wouldn’t like me when I’m hungry! All foods are green for this meal. Spinach pasta, asparagus and rolls made with green food coloring would be a good start. Don’t forget the Incredible Hulk pudding cups.
Hit the lights, crank up the BeeGees and get me my bell bottoms. This meal is going to be far out, man.
13. WHO WANTS TO BE A MEALIONAIRE?
Have the host call up a camper to play everyone’s favorite mealtime trivia game. If the contestant gets stuck she can always poll the dining hall audience. Answer the final question and everyone gets dessert. Yeah!
May the fourth course be with you. Throw on a little Cantina music, cue the pod races and bring out the “Han” burgers and Vader tater tots.
15. COOKS REVENGE
At this meal the head cook can serve whatever (s)he likes (it should be something unusual for the camp meal but very good), decides what utensils will be used (have fun with this one), decide on the seating chart (sitting on the ground, standing, tables in corners, counselors switching groups, etc.), and choice of music or entertainment. One or two groups will be chosen to clean up the kitchen afterwards.
16. SIGN LANGUAGE
There is no talking during this meal, instead all communication is done with sign language. Don’t know sign language? Well, you can either fake it or use the ASL cards on the table to teach you some proper sign language.
17. MUSICAL CHAIRS
Don’t get comfortable. Your cup has a number on it. When the music starts and your number is called you must get up and find a new seat at a different table. Now, introduce yourself and tell us 3 things about you. Uh oh, the music just started again. Who’s number is going to be called this time?
18. MELLOW YELLOW
Everything in this meal will be yellow (or at least close to it). This could include things like fish sticks, mac n’ cheese, applesauce, squash, bananas, corn, and vanilla pudding for dessert.
19. POLITENESS POLICE
This is a lesson in saying please and thank you. Every time you ask for something, you must say “please”. Every time someone does something for you, you must say “thank you”. If you don’t, a staff member may call over the Polite Police and there will be consequences which may include, cleaning up afterwards, no special treat, losing activity time, doing something silly in front of everyone, dramatically begging for forgiveness, wearing the crown of shame, etc.
20. PINEAPPLE UNDER THE SEA
Sponge Bob decorations, Crabby patties, pineapple, singing the theme song in rounds, a Sponge Bob laugh contest, and prizes for finding hidden starfish taped under the plates are all part of the experience of a Pineapple Under the Sea theme meal.
It’s Showtime at (Your Camp Name)! During dinner the campers are entertained by a staff variety show filled with skits, songs, jokes, and the talents of the staff. Counselors eat when they are not “on stage”.
Roll out the red carpet, hand out the swag bags, call in the paparazzi and ask everyone to wear their best outfit (if they need help they can raid the costume box). The host for the evening will give out the absurd camp awards. If you win an award you must make a speech. Don’t worry, the music will cut you off as soon as you start.
23. RED LIGHT, GREEN LIGHT
Green Light, everyone eats. Red light, everyone stops.
Music is played during this meal. As soon as the music stops everyone freezes. When the music starts again everyone is unfrozen and may continue.
All campers and staff get their thumbs taped to their palms. Try using those utensils and drinking from that cup now.