WW 93: French Food for Quite a Few

Hello everyone and welcome back to our Weekly Wrap Up. I’m always on the lookout for recipes for large families since we have so many of our own children and love to organize big dinners with friends and their kids. My go-to dishes are lasagna and rotisserie chicken. When certain friends have come and had each of these more than twice, you know it’s time for a change.

Having spent quite a few years living in France, I’m a huge fan of French culture and French food. Earlier this fall I decided it would be great to try and introduce the kids to some French culture by hosting a family dinner with a French theme. I invited three French couples I adore and their kids.

First up, my French little sister Helene and her husband Thiago who came with their two boys, Heitor (2) and Hadrian (8 months). Hedley loved holding Hadrian.spending-time-with-familyfamily-timeAs with many things in our life, I usually try to have a plan. For big family dinners with friends, we try to feed the kids first and then put them in front of a movie. This gives the adults the quiet and calm they need to sit and talk. Once everyone has eaten, we all share dessert together. Here is the first group for dinner, enjoying their order-in-pizza! Gotta cut corners where you can.big-dinner-with-familyHélène and me… Helene arrived nearly one year ago and it’s so great to have her in the U.S. She’s been working as a lawyer while mothering her two babies, so has a lot on her plate. I’m so proud of her!familyOnce the kids finished their pizza and were planted in front of an old French comedy with Louis de Funès, we reset the table. Lucky for me, another guest Yves decided to bring all the fixings to make French Raclette. He brought ham, salami, and Raclette cheese along with his own plug-in Raclette Grill. This made for the easiest, most fun dinner ever with virtually no preparation. (Don’t miss little 9 month old Hadrian in the corner having his bottle).big-dinnerHere’s the group ready to dig in for a delicious French meal. We all felt like we were in a chalet, so that was pretty cool.meal-ideas-for-large-groupsSince the holidays are coming, we’re giving away this amazing Raclette Grill today on CloudMom to one lucky winner!!! Crossing my fingers for each of you.

Thanks so much for reading, Happy early Thanksgiving, and see you all soon!

Melissa XX

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  • Harold

    I never saw a product like this, this looks so fun.

  • shellypeterson

    This is a really cool grill!

  • Cathy Thompson

    Love this grill it would be awesome to have for entertaining.

    • It’s wonderful for entertaining! Good luck, Cathy!

  • Sonata

    gl to everyone

  • Julie Wood

    What an awesome grill. I could really use one of these in my cooking. Great to see all of you and having a good time! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

    • Thank you! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving, Julie!

  • debbie Garretson

    I have seen these before and have always wanted one. Love your blog

  • April Skidgel

    this grill looks awesome

  • dglitter

    This party grill looks like something I would like to have! Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Kayte CookWatts

    The only way to do a burger properly. Yes!

  • Nadia Martin

    The food look so yummy this is truly an amazing kitchen must have !

  • CandieL

    This would be great for family get togethers at my mother in laws house. Thank you

  • Sandy McFadden

    I don’t think there is a moment in a womans life that there isn’t some sort of stress to send her to her limits.