Monday, April 27, 2009

Fast Food Friday at Our House

Who needs to waste money on totally grease-filled fast food? Not us :)


We had our own fun Fast Food Friday family night!

I bought the popcorn boxes at Target in January. I paid $1 for an eight pack. The plastic baskets and hot dog holders were a recent yard sale find. They came together and there were eight of each for only a buck. I pick up the little portion cups and fast food trays at thrift stores and yard sales whenever I see them. I can usually get a huge unopened pack for a dollar or less because people buy them for big parties and don't want what's left.

Friday at work we received a box of promotional items for an upcoming movie. We're a performance hall, not a movie theater, so they don't do us much good. I got a bag, a really cool light-up mirror for my purse and I grabbed four of these paper cups. They were exactly what I was missing and they showed up on the day I needed them! The table cloth was a .25 discount store find and I just thought the tickets were a fun addition :)



Here's what was on the menu:

-turkey hot dogs w/buns & ketchup
-baked chicken nuggets
-baked french fries w/mozzarella cheese
-homemade milkshakes made with light ice cream and skim milk
-fry sauce made with low fat mayo & ketchup or bbq sauce (depending on the person)
-water bottles

I figure if you're going to eat fast foodie-type things, you might as well healthy them the best you can, which doesn't mean they are healthy, just healthier.

Check out $5 Dinners for more inexpensive dinner ideas. Visit Between Naps on the Porch to see more tablescapes. I'm also participating in Thrifty Thursday :)

30 comments:

Bethany said...

Love the idea! Where do you come up with these wonderful themes?

Another Suburban Mom said...

That looks so yummy! Have you had a $5.00 potluck party yet?

The Southern Housewife said...

Ok, you're pretty much the coolest and funnest mom ever! LOVE this idea! Why aren't all moms as fun as you? There would be a lot less murders in the world. ;)

Rosey Pollen said...

Your family will never forget that! Such a fun Theme! We do that with Chinese stuff that I make at home. Except I don't make potstickers yet.

Kimmie said...

FUN!! I have some of the "plastic hot dog holders" and we have ate on our lawn with those, but the whole THEME you have done is great and will be a FUN memory for your kids!

What a very clever mom and wife you are!

REAL ME said...

Very cool I love this.

Small House said...

How cute. Really seriously, I bet your kids loved this!!!

Have a good day.

Zebu said...

Fun dinner, Angie!

colleen said...

This is so fun!!!! Your kiddos are very lucky-I'm a preschool teacher and am totally Stealing this Idea!!!
Thanks for sharing your life/moments with us!!
Hugs,
Colleen

mamajuliana said...

So cool---we should have come to your house! So what if it would be a three day drive, right?

I wish I was as creative (and motivated) as you are!

Walking on Sunshine... said...

What a great idea! Need to steal that one soon!!

Chandy said...

Great table today! I love the colors you chose and the theme is so fun! Your ideas are fun and I need to do this soon!

Happy Thursday!

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

Great post...bet your kids loved it...
Thanks
Becky

marybt said...

Cute table! I saw those popcorn things at Dollar Tree (they had larger ones too) and I was trying to justify getting them ... I guess I have to go back now. Darn.

Carrie said...

What a great idea!

Kirby3131 said...

That looks like such a fun dinner. I wanna come over to your place!

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

Looks like you are really having fun at your house. Very cute and clever!

Susie Q said...

You are so clever and full of wonderful ideas! This was such fun!

I just added my first tablescape Thursday! I cheated a bit by using photos I took from a recent flower show but next time I will add my own!

Warmly,
Sue

Martha said...

What a clever tablescape and what fun for your family and how healthy for your family!

jennifer said...

That really is a cute idea! And SO thrifty.

Kim @ Manning Family Tree said...

What a fun tablescape. I'll bet the kids really enjoyed it. Heck I would & I'm an adult. I have some of those plastic diner baskets. I never use mine, I might just have to dig them out & use them.

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

What a fun post! You got some killer delas to make a memorable movie night at home...I love that!

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

PS I will bet you are such a fun mom!

Cass @ That Old House said...

Now THAT is fast food even a mother can love!
thanks... Cass

Christina said...

What a great idea. So much fun for your family. Love all of the fun things you found for the table.

Mary said...

What a cute idea -- so much fun!

teachermomof2 said...

What a great idea! I bet your kids loved it! I know mine would!

lifeasme said...

hi angie
i totally love this idea! maybe we'll try this when we get to utah in our new apt with no furniture!! lol will def put the fun into it eh? Lol

debs

unburbing said...

Just found this link--cute idea! I have two things that could add to the theme....a diner napkin holder and straw holder. I found them individually at flea markets recently, and you've inspired me to put them to use!

shopannies said...

you are so right healthy, delicous and so much fun