Crazy Spaghetti Dinner With Kitchen Utensils
February 12, 2020
Using pasta spoon to eat Crazy spaghetti dinner - Salt Lake Party Stylist

Crazy Spaghetti Dinner With Kitchen Utensils

No silverware crazy spaghetti dinner

A Crazy Spaghetti Dinner is PERFECT for those nights that need to be special, but planning feels like a chore. What do you need? To make it simple let's use what you ALREADY have on hand!

Plan Your Crazy Spaghetti Dinner Menu

Healthy spaghetti dinner with asparagus and salad

Special Dinner Menu:

  • Meatless Spaghetti: you should have noodles + sauce in your pantry already {if not, I think it's time for a grocery order!}
  • Meat: try canned chicken or ground turkey for a lower fat option {keep some ground meat in the freezer for easy meals}
  • Veggies: These are best fresh, but frozen and canned options are totally fine. Our family loves canned green beans and corn or frozen broccoli and cauliflower.
    • To make it feel even more special serve something out of the ordinary like honey carrots, artichokes, asparagus, or sautéed mushrooms.
  • Salad: The Dole kit salads use lots of cabbage and kale which last WAY longer than lettuce. Our kid favorite is BBQ Ranch.
  • Bread: A bread is totally not necessary but since I rarely serve it, bread or rolls make the dinner feel fancier.
  • Drink: Serve something out of the ordinary. This may take a special stop at the store. Martinelli's sparkling cider is always a hit around here. It stores well so keep a few bottles on hand for last minute celebrations.
Little boy eating piece of red bread at Valentine's Dinner
Red bread from the grocery store made it feel special!

Set A Festive Table

Valentine Table Set for Family Dinner by Salt Lake Party Stylist
A Dollar Store Valentine's Day Tablescape

If you don't have a stash of paper products you might want to snag a few. It makes the table look more festive with VERY little effort AND you won't have to do as many dishes.

A quick trip to the Dollar Store, with a color theme in mind, and you'll be set for a beautiful LOW STRESS celebration.

Add The “Crazy” to Spaghetti Dinner

Now the BEST part of the evening is HOW you eat your spaghetti. No silverware allowed. Open up that utensil drawer and let everyone choose their favorite. These are ours:

Beginner: Tongs

Metal tongs at Valentine place setting

For the beginner or younger crowd I recommend starting with the tongs. Like GIANT chopsticks they still offer a level of control. We want “Crazy Spaghetti” to be fun, not frustrating.

Two boys eating spaghetti dinner with tongs by Salt Lake Party Stylist
My boys ages 6 and 3 had a blast!

Intermediate: Pasta Spoon

Pasta spoon at Valentine place setting by Salt Lake Party Stylist

For a slightly older crowd the pasta spoon {or fork} provides tines for easy pick-up. The challenge then is getting it out of the bowl!

Girl eating spaghetti dinner with pasta spoon
9 year old doing a pretty good job with the pasta fork

As the utensils get more challenging, a mess becomes more likely. Give each guest an apron and use a plastic table cover for easy clean up.

Advanced: Wooden Spoon

Wooden spoon at Valentine place setting

The wooden spoon is an advanced utensil for sure! The flat shape and wide mouth make it tricky to get food on AND off!

Man eating crazy spaghetti dinner with wooden spoon

This Daddy cheated a bit and had a fork as backup! Because this is supposed to be a family dinner full of laughs, allow some guilt-free “cheating” before anyone gets too frustrated.

Ready For Crazy Spaghetti Dinner

Let's play with our food! Now that you're ready for a Crazy Spaghetti Dinner of your own you have full permission to play with your food! I hope that this fun tradition of ours makes it to your table and you have as much fun as we do. If you try it out I'd love to see.

If you try it out, let me know in the comments below. And if you share, I want to see! Please tag @partieswithacause on Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook. We love showing off all your hard work and are so happy to be part of your celebration.

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  1. Beth

    Love this idea for “kids of all ages!” I think I’ll try this with my daughter’s college-aged friends the next time they come over!

    • Brianna Adams

      I agree! I first tried this in college as a big group date. It was so much fun that I dreamed of doing it with a future family. I think they’ll love it too!!

  2. Jackie

    Oh my goodness, my kiddos would love this!

    • Brianna Adams

      It’s the best dinner tradition EVER! In fact at the store they shop for large utensils that might make eating spaghetti eating easier! Ha

    • Brianna Adams

      The tongs are definitely the best way to go! But the pasta fork isn’t so bad.

  3. Sarina Kinnunen

    How fun is this!! My kids would think this is the coolest! Thanks for the unique idea!

    • Brianna Adams

      I first did it on a big group date in college and it was hilarious. I thought I’d bring it back and the kids have a blast. It’s really hard so fingers and “bread scooping” is totally allowed! Just don’t forget the bibs and aprons. Thank you.

  4. Natalie Mayhew

    This is so much fun! My daughter loves spaghetti, I have to do this!

    • Brianna Adams

      It’s a great one because it’s awkward to eat with a fork let alone a huge kitchen utensil! And you can mix it up too. Try fettuccine alfredo or chicken penne. All super hard to eat! Thank you

  5. Emily at Hunny I'm Home DIY

    This is so fun!! But I think if I tried this, my kids would want to eat dinner this way every night lol!!

    • Brianna Adams

      Ha! They might but it’s pretty tricky so it would get old quick. But for sure we try to do it a couple of times of year and ALWAYS for Valentines.


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