Sunday, January 1, 2012

Democracy for Dinner!

Happy 2012!!!  
I'm so thankful for each of you who follow this blog, leave sweet comments, and make my day all the time :)  I'm excited for all that 2012 has in store... most importantly the upcoming arrival of our fourth and final baby boy!  And here is something I am super excited about too..
 
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Democracy for Dinner was by far one of my most favorite things I've done with my boys.  On Election Day in 2008, I made a Special Election Ballot for my then two little guys to vote on what they wanted to eat and drink for dinner while watching the election results.  

Even though they were super young, my then 3 year old has remembered who our President is ever since that dinner, and he learned a little about the election process while having so much fun! 

Since the opportunity to do this only presents itself once every four years, I'm showing it to you nice and early in this Presidential Election year!

First we decorated a little for the special day...


I made a Special Election Ballot with two choices for each category: main dish, vegetable, drink and dessert.

Sam got to vote for one in each category, except for the dessert category where both "candidates" were voted into our bellies :)


Here is his completed ballot...


Excuse the blurry old picture... once his selections were made, he got a special "I voted" sticker {oh, and how cute is it that he chose to dress in his "Daddy work clothes" for this special event?!}

Then we got to work making our main dish dinner winner, Presidential Pizza.


 I cut the pepperoni into little stars using a cookie cutter.


For the Bipartisan Salad, half was covered in cheese and the other half was covered in bacon, with a clear division right down the middle, just like Congress.


The desserts were a tie so we ate both!


I loved, loved doing this with my boys!   I chose food options to vote on that we already had the ingredients on hand to make, and the decorations were all made from supplies on hand, so this cost us nothing really to do, but the memories from it are priceless.  

Now that our boys are older and will surely understand more, I am so excited for later this year when it's time for this year's Democracy for Dinner!  

12 comments:

Reannah Elizabeth said...

Cute idea!! I love the "Choc-obama-late milk" ;-) and all the names you come up with for food! :) Happy New Year to you guys! :)

Jen said...

This has got to be the Cutest idea ever!!! Love this Laurie! Happy New Year to your family!

Natalie Dixon said...

This is one of the cutest things I've ever seen!! I love that he wore his little tie! And the names of your food are fantastic! You seriously blow me away! Save this for later in the year and if you want, I'll post it on my blog as a guest post! You are such a fantastic mommy!

The ShuFamily said...

oh wow! adorable, laurie! we need to do this. pinning now! :)

The ShuFamily said...

oh wow! adorable, laurie! we need to do this. pinning now! :)

Shannon said...

Happy New Year to you and your adorable family!
I just found your blog and I'm now a new follower. I love this idea and pinned it right away. Such a fun way to teach the kids about election day, can't wait to do this too!
Thanks for sharing ;)

Brianna Tucker said...

this is an adorable idea!! What a great thing to do with elementary students as well.
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Denise Ramsden said...

That is a Super cute idea! now if only I can remember it come election time...

Jen said...

I remember when you did this! Such a great idea. We have GOT to do this with our boys this year. I'm sure John will really get into it too. ;)

And how cute are those little faces? I miss those little guys!

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My Songbook said...

What an awesome idea! I love new traditions! I've never heard of something like this before- I want to do a democracy dinner!

K Coake said...

I love this idea! So cute! My girls would both really get into this. I just planned all our meals for this week, so I may make a ballot and we can vote on things I already had planned...might not be quite as cute, but I think they would love it. Thanks for the great idea. I'm pinning it so maybe others will see it as well and so I can find it again in 4 years.

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