A year after we moved to Minnesota, we were blessed to get plugged into a great community through our church. When we started attending I was a few months pregnant with J. We were surrounded by several other young couples also expecting little ones. It was through this group of friends that we were blessed with wonderful meals after J was born. It was such a sweet gift for this sleep deprived momma trying to figure out life with a new baby. Wonderful meals, little gifts for the baby, and a few minutes for a real conversation.
As new babies are welcomed into our community of friends we continue to bless these families with a meal. I look forward to these sweet opportunities to bless our friends. I enjoy entertaining at our home and having couples over for dinner. Making a yummy meal, setting a lovely table. I take the same approach to gifting meals for new moms. I want to be a good hostess in the comfort of their own home.
After preparing the meal, I package everything in disposable containers (see more on this in the “tips” section below) and labeled each item.
I brought this family tacos with Spanish rice, re-fried beans, chips & salsa, taco toppings, and my favorite chocolate chip cookies. After prepping all of the taco toppings, I bagged and labeled each item. Now everything is ready to be packaged for drop off!
I try to keep a few of these reusable shopping bags on hand for taking meals to families. They are sturdy, a good size, look cute, and are reusable. This specific family had a few older siblings, I found a fun art activity can filled with crayons, stickers, and little crafts. Hoping it entertains the little ones so mom can have a few quiet minutes.
Include heating instructions, ingredients, or the recipe in a card and…. Dinner is ready!
Here are a few tips for bringing meals to a family with a new baby:
- Check for allergies, food likes (and dislikes) and number of people eating. Sometimes family is in town to help the new mom, make sure you bring enough to serve everyone. Leftovers for lunch are a sweet bonus!
- Disposable containers!!! Don’t make your sleep deprived friend try to keep track of which pan, dish, bowl belongs to whom and then arrange a time to return them. I try to keep a stash of extra disposable pans and plastic containers or mason jars specifically for meals. The dollar store or Wal-Mart is a great place to stock up on these items.
- Try to plan a meal that doesn’t need to be consumed that very night (unless you know its what the mom has planned for dinner.) Salads are great, but cut lettuce has a very short life before going bad. Possibly include the whole head of lettuce or a whole tomato. It does require a little prep, but the produce will last a big longer.
- Include a small surprise for older siblings. A coloring book and crayons, stickers, puzzle, board game, play-doh, or bubbles. Hint hint… Think time consuming quiet activities to give mom a little break. Most attention is focused on the new addition, a little gift for big brother or sister can be a welcome surprise.
Need some dinner ideas?
Enchiladas, tacos, or fajitas with rice, beans, and toppings
Lasagna with Cesar salad and baguette
Soup, salad, and bread
Chicken pot pie and a salad
Build your own salad with grilled meat, salad toppings, dressing and baguette
Sloppy Joe’s, baked beans, corn, salad, or french fries
Chili, cornbread, and toppings
Last tip… serve your family the same meal you will be gifting! Cook once for two families!
Do you have any meal ideas to add? I love expanding my recipes!