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Happy Family Day Denver!

Just a quick reminder that sharing meals with your kids is one of the most effective ways to help them make smart choices about drinking and substance abuse. Study after study has demonstrated that kids who eat dinner with their parents are less likely to binge drink, less likely to experiment with marijuana, and prescription drugs. Plus it’s one of the easiest most fun ways to bond with and enjoy the wonderful people in your life.


So, on this day devoted to spending time with, and making conversation with your family around the dinner table, we wanted to take a few minutes to thank the partner organizations who hosted events, and to provide a few resources for those of you who still need last minute recipes, conversation prompts, and menu ideas.


First, just like you, we sometimes wait until the last minute to get started on our menu planning, either because we couldn’t decide among all our awesome recipes, we kept putting it off because we have a hard time planning, or we just plain didn’t have time. If this has happened to you today, don’t let it prevent you from enjoying a delicious homemade meal with your family. This quick, light, and delicious gourmet menu is made up of speedy recipes that you may be able to put together with ingredients you already have in your pantry and freezer. Plus there’s a video and tips on how to always be ready for last minute meal planning.


More last minute menu ideas here, here, and here.


Just because you’re discouraging your kids from drinking alcohol, doesn’t mean you have to settle for water, boring juice, or gross, terrible-for-your-health sodas. These 15 easy-to-make, and even easier-to-drink non-alcoholic spritzers and mocktails are light, sophisticated, fun, and appropriate for the whole family.


If you’ve just decided today to host a last minute Family Day event, take a look at these handy last minute party planning tips (some of which may come too late to bail you out today, but will be great for ensuring you don’t get caught off guard again).


These great conversation starters are sure to spark some lively dinner table discussions.


The CASA Family Day blog is frequently updated and always has great information on why sharing a meal with your family is so effective at preventing substance abuse, and is loaded with tips on making that sharing as quick, easy, and convenient as possible.


Don’t forget to download the CASA Family Day Activity Kit.


But remember, the most important ingredient in a successful Family Day is family: you and your kids sitting down to a meal together, sharing conversation, talking about your day. No matter how busy you are, no matter what else is going on in your lives, nothing takes the place of this age-old, time-tested method of building and maintaining strong families and communities.

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