Going out to dinner with the entire family can be a bit of a mission round these parts. We are a very large family, but not only that, we have kids of varying ages, and that only makes it harder. If we ever plan a night out to dinner together, we all have to work as a group, to actually make it happen without anyone getting hurt in the process. I don't say this lightly. In my house, with teens and little kids all mixed together, tempers flare and at any moment any one of us can get so frustrated we refuse to go. Yes, this includes me. But once in a while, when we actually make it happen, we realize how nice it is to have all of us in once place enjoying some great food together.
Here are a few tips on getting the entire family out to dinner, and actually getting to enjoy it:
Nap time - the younger kids must have a nap about an hour and half before leave time. Give them a bath before their nap and get them up 1/2 hour before it's time to go. That gives just enough to get them dressed and out the door before they can get into too much mischief.
Pack bottles, baby food and snacks for the toddlers - some restaurants are notorious for their wait times. You will need snacks to keep the children from charging the place or from throwing a tantrum. Plus, even though you might be going out to a nice dinner, kids somehow still enjoy their goldfish more than restaurant food. Right?
Set a leave time of at least thirty minutes before you actually have to go - because no one is going to be ready on time. This is a guarantee, especially with teens.
Relax - if you're like me, you tend to get very stressed out and start yelling at everyone. I've learned that this accomplishes nothing and instead just makes everyone really angry. So, relax. Let everyone do what they need to do. My girls get their kids ready and I just make sure Sam is ready on my end. Tell them what time they have to be at the door and just stay out of the way.
And if you need some ideas on where to take the familia, let me tell you all about Red Lobster's Lobsterfest. I love Red Lobster and haven't been in a few months, but now I am definitely going!
Dueling Lobster Tails: A roasted Maine lobster tail topped with tender shrimp in a creamy garlicsauce paired with a golden-baked Maine lobster tail with crab-and-seafood stuffing. Served over mashed potatoes, roasted tomatoes and green beans.
Ultimate Surf and Turf : A Maine lobster tail baked with crab-and-seafood stuffing paired with a peppercorn-seasoned grilled sirloin topped with Maine lobster meat in a citrus-hollandaise
sauce. Served over mashed potatoes, roasted tomatoes and green beans.
Lobster in Paradise: A split Maine lobster tail fried in our signature coconut batter, spicy grilled
shrimp and a lobster-and-shrimp bake topped with toasted crushed macadamia nuts.
Red Lobster’s Lobsterfest is back and better than ever with nine new (three new entrees above) and classic lobster selections. The restaurant is giving guests even more reasons to love lobster by offering the greatest variety of lobster dishes all year, and providing weekly offers throughout the week.
I don't know about you, but I want to try them all! Visit Red Lobster today and try the new LobsterFest entrees. If you love Red Lobster as much as I do, please stay tuned because in a few days I will be having a giveaway for a $50 Red Lobster gift card.