(Disclaimer: if you are averse to or offended by 13-year old boy humor, you may want to skip this post!)
So, in my family there are several events/qualities that we take very seriously:
For years, if you had asked my children their favorite holiday, they would have said “April Fool’s Day!” The tradition started when they were probably 7 and 4 and I spent an entire day (while they were at school) making ‘meatloaf’ from cereal and chocolate, as well as forming peas, carrots and green beans out of warmed up starburst candy which was then served to them at dinnertime. So, yeah, of course they thought it was a good thing.
The next year, I inadvertently brought Rob to tears when I served cupcakes for dinner which were in fact meatloaf cupcakes with mashed potato ‘frosting’. I told them it was our dog Brandy’s birthday and we were having a little party to celebrate. When he took a bite out of what he thought was a cupcake, his little 5-year old disappointment truly got the better of him. #FunnyNotFunny #BadMom
The key to my early April Fool’s Day successes was that they were still a little unaware of the holiday. As they grew up and became more aware, it became harder to fool them; which meant that each year I had to try to up my game. The original intent of ‘fooling’ sometimes also went a little ‘uck’ for the fun factor.
My family would unanimously agree that my April Fool’s Day Coup de Grace was the year that I set the dining room table as if we were having a ‘fancy’ dinner. Everyone was seated at the table and I served ‘dog food’ in individual dog bowls for dinner followed by kitty litter poop desserts, complete with individual litter pans and litter scoops. My sweet Kate absolutely ‘ate it up’, but my boys were a little more hesitant to indulge in the cat litter goodness.
In the best interest of spreading the fun of April Fool’s Day everywhere, I feel it’s my duty to share the recipes we’ve used for this auspicious meal.
Shockingly, the internet is full of cat litter cookie recipes, which is where I sourced this recipe. I will tell you that after years of making them, the key is in the ‘shaping’ of the
logs cookies…you want them to not be so very neatly formed.
As my kiddos got older, it really became more difficult to live up to their expectations and surprise them each year. The pressure was intense I tell you! For several years we resorted to a funny dinner game I found online. Essentially, you gave hints for each item you would need at the dinner table, the meal is broken up into 4 courses and you get 4 choices for each course. So technically, you could get an ice cube, a napkin, a toothpick and some goldfish cookies for your first course.
Here are the riddle and key from the last meal we did. Some of our clues are family-specific, as well as for middle and high schoolers, so you can tailor them to your family as needed.
In addition to the food side of April Fool’s Day, one year I got on Rob’s computer and changed the language to Spanish…except I didn’t think about when I would have to switch it back and couldn’t read the instruction as they were in Spanish. #Jokeisonme!
So, now that the crew has grown up, often the tables are turned, which isn’t quite so fun for me, but I guess I must reap what I sow. Last year, I woke up at my normal early hour, turned on my computer only to find everything upside down and all my icons replaced with some strange character only a 15-year old boy would recognize. #FunnyNotFunny
But that was O.K. because I got a hold of my kid’s iPhones while they were sleeping and installed iPhoneception on them. Now that was fun. There are several options from showing all icons as kittens to a Zombie attack (just a warning…when I just checked their site, they just recently added a ‘porn’ option).
I hope that you’ve found some great ideas to bring a little April Fool’s Day fun to your family this April 1. I’ve got some ideas up my sleeve for my crew this year…but can’t spill them here…State Secrets and such.
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