Food, Fun & Fellowship: Menu Ideas for Christian Teen Devotionals and Youth Group Gatherings. Photo by MALIZ ONG
When you fellowship with your Christian friends, food doesn’t have to be involved . . . but it doesn’t hurt! While it can be hard to host fellowship nights when you’re still living with mom and pop, it’s not impossible! One easy way is to host food-themed buffet parties. Try one of these simple (and cheap) ideas and consider asking each friend to bring a different ingredient.
Grab a few bags of your favorite frozen French fries and have lots of yummy toppings. Ketchup, mayonnaise, chili, cheese, and sour cream are the obvious toppers. Some other options? Precooked grilled chicken, wing sauce, and blue cheese make wing fries. Shredded lettuce, tomatoes and bacon are BLT fries.
As in omelets! From bacon bits to mushrooms, the possibilities for this party are endless. Some popular omelet filler include broccoli, tomatoes, onions, peppers and ham. Don’t forget the cheese!
Lettuce alone? No way! As for salad toppings, today anything goes. Even your carnivorous friends are sure to enjoy a salad bar if there is an assortment of meats, nuts, beans and shredded cheese offered. Some fun non-veggies additions include dried cranberries, diced apples, tortilla chips or french fried onions.
While your favorite coffee shop is charging at least $3.00 a pop for these tasty drinks, you can make them for a crowd very easily at home.
- Brew your favorite coffee.
- Heat milk in a large saucepan on low heat (figure about 1/2 cup of milk for each of your friends).
- Stir the milk briskly and constantly with a wire whisk.
- When the coffee is steamed, pour 1/3 cup of coffee into a large mug before stirring in the steamed milk.
- Whipped cream, cinnamon and shredded chocolate go great atop a steamy mug.
Take a quick trip to your grocer’s Mediterranean or olive bar. There you’ll find goodies like hummus, roasted red peppers, bruchetta and olives, of course! Serve with crusty bread and cheese.
They aren’t just for breakfast. Use a box mix to make your own or just toast up the frozen variety. Toppings you’ll want to have on hand include flavored syrups, fruit, ice cream, whipped cream and powdered sugar. Yum!
How hard is it to make a big batch of noodles and heat up some store-bought spaghetti sauce? Not hard at all! Serve with Parmesan cheese, hot peppers, meatballs, sausage and mushrooms. Add garlic bread and you’ve got a feast!
Not into the apron and chef’s hat thing? Go ahead and order a party sub, invite a bunch of friends over and split the cost! Some potato chips and soda complete the meal.
With ice cream, anything goes. Besides the obvious chocolate syrup and sprinkles, why not try broken pretzels pieces, gummy bears or mini marshmallows? Serve in a dish or in fancy waffle cones.
What’s a party without pizza? Turn this common party food into something grand. Buy pizza kits and have fun making your own pies. Pepperoni, mushrooms, onions, olives, ham, broccoli, spinach and meatballs are just some ideas. Be creative and your friends will surely appreciate the assortment?
While you’re hovering around the kitchen table, you’ll be thankful for such great fellowship with friends. Always strive to remember the importance of fellowship, just as the believers in the early church did . . .
“They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” – Acts 2:42 (New American Standard Bible)