Decide on a Simple MenuDecide on a simple menu with 12 items. Make sure that the utensils are included in the 12 items. Examples:
- hot dog
- hot dog bun
- hash browns
- ice cream
Assign Items a NameAssign each of these items a name. The names don't have to have anything to do with the item. Examples:
- Stritof Delight
- Tempting Bites
- Tasty Treats
- Sweetheart Special
- Spicy Tidbits
Create a Menu FormThen, create a menu form for your spouse to complete. Put the menu with just the special names listed on a poster board or on a handout.
Your mate will need to choose what he/she is going to eat, and in what order. Your partner will be ordering without realizing that part of their order includes their utensils. So don't give that secret away!
Your spouse will realize this frustrating aspect of the Silly Supper menu soon enough when the first course arrives!
In the KitchenAfter the menu items have been selected, head to the kitchen. Don't let your spouse see you complete your part of the form with the actual items.
Ask your spouse to sit at the table and to be patient. There should be nothing on the table but salt and pepper, butter, mustard, and catsup or whatever condiments are appropriate for the foods you select to serve.
Serving the Silly Supper DinnerClean up is easier if you use paper plates and plastic utensils. The fun starts when you start serving the food. Serve it one course at a time.
The first course is the first four items your spouse listed on the Silly Supper Menu.
Let's say he/she ordered a knife, Jell-O, a hot dog bun, and the beverage. That's all he/she gets. Everything has to be consumed before the second course is served. It's okay to leave the beverage but that's all. When you collect the plate from the first course, also collect the knives, forks, etc.
Don't let your spouse cheat by trying to hide a spoon or something. There is some perverse sense of enjoyment watching someone trying to eat peas with a toothpick or Jell-O with a knife! Keep your camera close by.
Including OthersOf course, aside from doing this with just one another, you can include your kids, in-laws, and friends.
If you do try to have a Silly Supper for more than 1 or 2 people, make sure you are both doing the serving. It gets too harried for just one person. We even had a Silly Supper Thanksgiving one year. That was quite an experience.