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Bring the family back together around the table, or gather a group of friends to enjoy a good meal. Whether it’s a simple picnic style dinner or a formal dinner party, National Sunday Supper Day is all about unplugging and sitting down to enjoy good food, conversation and fun!

History of National Sunday Supper Day

Celebrated on the second Sunday of the new year, National Sunday Supper Day encourages families and friends to gather together at the table over a meal. After the crazy busyness of the winter holiday season, this is a great time to simply get together for a meal and enjoy one another’s company.

National Sunday Supper Day was founded by Isabel Laessig and a group of her colleagues as part of the Sunday Supper Movement and the Food and Wine Conference. In 2012, Laessig established the day and got eight different food bloggers and their families to celebrate through a virtual progressive dinner.

The day became an annual celebration and has grown to encourage people all over the world to celebrate by enjoying a family meal together. Celebrate National Sunday Supper Day on this day, and perhaps consider making it into a habit and scheduling a meal with family or friends every Sunday or one Sunday a month for the rest of the year!

How to Celebrate National Sunday Supper Day

Try out some of these fun, family building ideas for enjoying and celebrating National Sunday Supper Day:

Host a Sunday Meal

Whether it happens during lunch time or the dinner hour, get the family to sit down for a delicious meal and simply enjoy each others’ company. Perhaps it would be fun to invite a friend or two who are on their own or have seemed a bit lonely lately. Even if they aren’t technically related, those people in life who feel like family can certainly be invited!

Try Some Easy Recipes

Since Sunday is on the weekend and many people want to relax, it’s best to try out some recipes that will feed a crowd but that don’t require a great deal of preparation. Slow cooker and instant pop recipes are particularly popular because they are easy to fix and then forget about for a while. Consider some of these meal ideas that are great to feed a crowd with:

  • Slow Cooker Chili. A big pot of chili is great to prepare and then leave to simmer until it’s time to eat. Add all sorts of sides such as corn chips, pasta noodles, sour cream, grated cheese, diced onions and so much more. 
  • Instant Pot Pulled Pork Burritos. Throw a pork roast into an instant pot with some spices and cook until it’s falling apart. Place on tortillas with beans, lettuce, salsa, sour cream, cheese, jalapenos and other delicious toppings. 
  • Spaghetti and Meatballs. This one can be made ahead of time and placed in the slow cooker. And because pasta is cheap, it’s great for feeding a crowd! Add some garlic bread and a big salad for a complete meal.

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