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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Top That Nights

A little something fun to add to your group meetings, youth night, or next event, consider making it a "Top That" night. We all get sick of having pizza all the time as the go-to menu of choice.  Why not change it up a bit and have some fun by creating a topping bar with a special food item.  It is simple and a quick easy to add a little hype to your next gathering.   You can do "Iron Chef" style and make it a big reveal when people get there or announce it before hand as attraction for the night/event.  We actually make one Wednesday night a month a "Top That" night, so students are looking forward to it and asking what the next item is going to be.    In addition it is also a really helpful thing for MS/JH students that are coming straight from practices and games without eating dinner.
      Have the usual toppings that would normally go on that item, but also include some really bizarre or unusual one as well.    Have the usual toppings for the girls and for the guys have a little challenge going of the best EDIBLE creation...key word edible as in they have to be willing to eat it themselves.  What is also surprising is the things that people discover they like on their food!!?

Here are a couple suggestions for your "Top That" Night:
- Ice Cream (of course)
- Hot Dog, think regions of the country...NY style, Chicago, etc..
- Hamburger
- Pizza, order up a bunch of plain cheese and away you go
- Salad, variety of toppings AND "dressings"/sauces?

More Fun...
- Potato Chip Bar or Nacho Bar
- Waffles/Pancake
-  Peanut Butter Sandwich,
-  Christmas Cookie Topping, plain sugar cookies and lots of fun frosting and sprinkles
-  French Fries
- "Stuff the Tortilla" Night, hard and soft of course!
- Create Your Own Cereal, provide basic plain cereals

If You Dare...
- "Elf" Spaghetti buffet, provide only the toppings Elf would use!! Great at Christmas Time!!

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