I don’t know about you all but I am super excited for the new Fall TV line up that will be starting this week! TV shows that start in the Fall just seem to be so much more exciting and dramatic. Now that summer is coming to an end and people will be staying in a lot more, it is nice to have a variety of entertainment on the television. My favorites that I’m really excited about are definitely The Voice, Chicago Fire and Chicago PD! Oh and Scandal! Shoot I have a lot of favorites haha I better just say I like most all Fall TV shows! I decided to give you a quick list of the new shows starting this month, and share a few ways we like to have family night and bring everyone together for a night of fun.
Now that the teens are … well teens, it gets harder and harder to get them involved in hanging out with mom and dad. They still do it, they know how much it means to me. But I need to keep them interested and coming back for more! That usually works with food, but sometimes it takes a little bit more than just good eats to keep them off the cell phone and bonding with “the parents”.
We always try to make it a NO cell phone night. There is 2 main times I don’t allow them on their phones. 1. at the dinner table and 2. when it is family night. They are usually pretty good about that rule, but they still try to sneak it when moms not looking. Teens will be teens.
We let them pick the dinner menu for family night. If they pick it, they enjoy it that much more. Ordering pizza is an option some times, but since they love to help me cook, we try very hard to make our dinner at home with their help. Here are a few of their favorites….
Meatball Subs on a Stick
Flat Bread Pizzas
Homemade Traditional Pizzas
Honey Sriracha Chicken
Mongolian Beef Stir Fry
You can find more great Daily DIY Life Recipes on our RECIPES PAGE HERE !!
Something new we are trying this year is TV night Bingo! While your watching your favorite shows mark off the things you see as you see them. First to get 5 in a row wins a prize (extra hour on curfew, extra 30 minutes computer time, stay up later on a selected night) You can make up so many “prizes” to suit your family. Here is adorable printables for Family Movie Night from Complicated Mama. They can totally be used for TV night!
Get Comfortable! Lots of pillows and blankets on the floor is a great option. Everyone is relaxed and comfortable and ready to watch.
During Commercials (if your not looking for bingo spots) Talk! Talk about the show, talk about what you would do if you were the main character. Did you like the way something was handled, or dealt with. Depending on your show, you can come up with some pretty creative topics. Getting the teens involved is much easier when they are interested in something.
Pick a Theme! Theme your Family TV night around the show your watching. Wear costumes, Create “invitations” to your party, Decorate the family room based on the show. The ideas are endless. If your show is pretty general and you can’t think of theme ideas, make it something general …
Pick a color – base your food, decor, clothing requirements, snacks and decorations on one specific color.
Backwards Night – Everyone must walk and interact backwards from how ever you would normally do something. Eat dinner backwards Have dessert first then your meal.
Pajama Party – Get your PJ’s on and curl up to watch. If they fall asleep, it’s ok they are already ready for bed!
Go Formal – Set your dinner table with a nice table cloth, your best dinner ware, candles and a centerpiece. Have everyone dress up in their best clothing. Prepare your fanciest meal and speak and act as elegant as possible. If you are not very “formal” in your every day life, this might make for some good laughs but that is ok! The night is suppose to be FUN.
Competition Fun – Are you getting ready to watch the season premier of Hell’s Kitchen? Or maybe another food oriented show. Why not have your dinner competition style? If the kids are old enough to cook, let them compete head to head. If they are not old enough to cook let mom and dad compete and the kids can be the judge. Pick your ingredients and let the competition begin! Judge for appearance, taste and creativity. Give a prize to the winner.
Do you have some great family TV night ideas? Share them with us, we will be sure to get them added!
The Fall TV line up is looking pretty great this year! Here is a list for the September Premiers. Listed on TV guide.com
- Football Night in America (NBC)
- Sunday Night Football (NBC)
- Utopia (FOX) Utopia: Series One [Blu-ray]
- Boardwalk Empire (HBO) Boardwalk Empire Past Seasons
- Sons of Anarchy (FX) Sons of Anarchy – Past Seasons
- Hells Kitchen (FOX)
- The Biggest Loser (NBC)
- Thursday Night Football (CBS)
- Z Nation (Sy Fy)
- Dancing with the Stars (ABC)
- New Girl (FOX)
- The Mindy Project (FOX)
- Red Band Society (FOX)
- The Mysteries of Laura (NBC)
- 60 Minutes (CBS)
- Madam Secretary (CBS)
- The Good Wife (CBS) The Good Wife – Past Seasons
- The Big Bang theory (CBS) Big Bang Theory – Past Seasons
- Gotham (FOX) Gotham Season 1
- The Voice (NBC)
- Scorpion (CBS)
- Sleepy Hollow (FOX) Sleepy Hollow Season 1
- The Blacklist (NBC) The Blacklist Season 1
- Forever (ABC)
- NCIS (CBS) NCIS – Past Seasons!
- The Voice (Results) (NBC)
- Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC)
- NCIS: New Orleans (CBS) NCIS – Past Seasons!
- Awkward. (MTV)
- Chicago Fire (NBC) Chicago Fire: Season 1
- Person of Interest (CBS)
- Faking It (MTV)
- The Goldbergs (ABC)
- Law & Order: SVU (NBC)
- Modern Family (ABC)
- Black-ish (ABC)
- Chicago P.D. (NBC) Chicago P.D. Season One
- Nashville (ABC) Nashville – Past Seasons!
- Bones (Fox) Bones – Past Seasons!
- Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) Greys Anatomy – Past Seasons!
- Scandal (ABC) Scandal – Past Seasons!
- How to Get Away With Murder (ABC)
- Parenthood (NBC) Parenthood-Past Seasons!
- The Amazing Race (CBS)
- Dateline NBC (NBC)
- Shark Tank (ABC)
- Hawaii Five-0 (CBS)
- 20/20 (ABC)
- Blue Bloods (CBS) Blue Bloods – Past Seasons!
- 48 Hours (CBS)
- Once Upon a Time (ABC) Once Upon a Time – Past Seasons!
- The Simpsons (Fox)
- Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox)
- Family Guy (Fox)
- Resurrection (ABC)
- CSI (CBS)
- Revenge (ABC) Revenge – Past Seasons!
- Mom (CBS)
- Castle (ABC)
- NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) NCIS – Past Seasons!
- Selfie (ABC)
- Manhattan Love Story (ABC)
- Happy Land (MTV)
There is your new line up for September! I hope you find something great for you and the family to get involved in this season. Don’t forget to make it special and give it a theme or an event to work around for your next Family TV night! Making Memories is loads of fun!
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