|A sampling collection of menus|
In 1999 my husband became stationed in England, and our family of four moved to Bury St. Edmunds. I loved all five years we lived there -- and I have to say one of my favorite things to do was eat! Of course tearooms were my favorite, but fish & chips --- YUM!! I started collecting menus for some of the more interesting places we ate at. I wanted to remember what I ate, what it was named, and maybe...I'd try to duplicate making it later (I love to cook -- another of my passions). Anyway, at some point I saw an idea in Family Fun magazine where a Grandmother (if I remember correctly) made her grand-daughter a Menu to play restaurant with. And so I began thinking how I could make menus for my nieces that were around 4 - 6 years old. I wanted it to be a menu of their favorite foods and based on things they loved...such as a favorite book, or movie, etc. So I came up with a survey I called the "Silly Vanilly Survey". It was meant to be a silly survey that a parent could help them fill out with all their favorite, and not so favorite things. I made it more fun by including a dollar for completing the survey, and a SASE for them to return it to me. Then I came up with a Menu of their favorite foods with fun names, and laminated it (using my Your Story for laminating is SO easy). I included Main Meals, Side Dishes, Special of the Day, Drinks, What We Don't Serve, and Desserts. I also included a Mascot & Motto -- all taken off their completed surveys. When the menu was finished, I went to the dollar store and bought color coordinated plates, cups, plasticware, napkins, measuring spoons/cups, guest checks, and more to fit in a tote bag or basket. Then off in the mail it went for either a Christmas or Birthday gift.
|Lots of fun stuff for a start-up restaurant!|
|Restaurant Wars - pint sized|
|Great Find - found the folder at the dollar store, added a few embellishments--Viola!|
Most recently I finished my niece, Cesi's menu and plan to mail it out today! Now...what to make for the boys in the family?? Don't worry...I've got a little something in mind. But that's another story. =)
I hope you enjoyed this fun little menu-fest.
Thanks for stopping by & hanging out with me.