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(for Ages Under 16)

Have a mystery dinner with a twist. Give each person a slip of paper with an action. For example, when person A sips his/her drink, person B has to call out a designated phrase, or when person C wipes his/her mouth, person D must vigorously scratch his/her nose. You can also set up a chain reaction. When one person does something, another has to do his/her assignment, which in turn triggers another person's assignment and so on. After dinner, pass out a list of assigned actions to all participants and see who can guess who and what triggered each action. Give a prize to the person with the most points (1/2 point for each "who" and 1/2 point for each "what").

Go on a double date with your parents. Select an inexpensive restaurant and offer to pay.

Go to a campground. The girls are in charge of finding the wood and building the fire. The guys plan and cook dinner. Hot dogs are easy, but if you can cook a dutch oven dinner, you will surely impress everyone. If someone plays the guitar, you can have a sing-along around the campfire.

Go to a drive-in movie in the back of a pick-up or flatbed truck, and have a candlelight dinner while watching the movie. You can order out at a local restaurant (curbside take-out) or before the movie you can prepare the dinner together.

Prepare a mini-dinner (rice, mini sausages, peas, mini cookies), served on small plates with tiny spoons. You can drink out of the half-sized pop cans.

Cook tin foil dinners on the coals of a camp fire. It takes about 15-20 minutes to cook hamburgers with sliced potatoes, carrots, and onions and a thick slice of butter (if you use a grate, it takes longer). If you can't build an open fire, you can also use charcoal briquettes and a portable grill. Turn the tin foil dinner at least once. For variations, slice strips of steak or kielbasa instead of hamburger. Use heavy tin foil, and wrap securely. You can eat your dinners right out of the tin foil.

Take your date to a fast food restaurant. Set the table at a pre-arranged time with some nice table settings and battery-powered candles (have a friend or employee set it up). Order your food, sit down, and enjoy a "candle-light" dinner in a fast food restaurant.

Set up a table in the parking lot or in the back of a pick-up truck or in a motor home at a local fast food restaurant. Decorate the table with a fancy tablecloth and candles, then have a friend take your order, and deliver your food.

Take pizza and drinks to an orchard or park. Have a late night picnic under the stars. Bring a blanket, proper beverages, and plan to talk about your families. Share funny stories, and talk about family traditions and fond memories.

Have a spaghetti dinner and sit across from your date. Get a long stick and tape a fork on the end of it. Then you and your date have to feed each other.

Prepare pizza dough in advance (enough for one pizza for every two couples). Have all the makings available (sauce, spices, cheese, meats, vegetables, and other toppings). Let each group design its own pizza, with an emphasis on creativity (unique shapes, combinations, etc.). While the pizzas are cooking, play some group games.

Eat a spaghetti dinner without forks or with odd utensils (1 chopstick, pizza cutter, meat masher, etc.). For a twist, pass out of list of code names for utensils. After a utensil (code name) is ordered, the next person must order a different utensil.

Go to a local thrift store or used-clothing shop. You and your date each get $15 to buy each other outfits to wear for the evening. Then go out to dinner and paint the town in your "new" clothes.

At the door, pass out unusual kitchen utensils (ask guest to pick a utensil that could be used to describe one of their personality traits). At the table, ask each person to describe how their utensil relates to a personal trait, then serve dinner. Each guest should attempt to eat dinner with their unique utensil, along with a table knife provided at each plate. After 5 or 10 minutes, pass out proper utensils to all guests.

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