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Hygge Family Dinner Traditions to Start Tonight

Hygge Family Dinner Traditions to Start Tonight will give you tips on how you can slow down and enjoy being able to spend time with your family at a relaxing meal.

If you’re looking for more ideas on how to create a cozy life, How to Hygge: 31 of the Best Cozy Ideas and Hygge Home Decor – How to Add Coziness to Your Rooms will help you get started on your journey.

Hygge Family Dinner Traditions to Start Tonight - Overhead picture of table with people passing plates
Family Dinner Traditions to Try Tonight

Our days can be a whirlwind of activities, so why not take a moment to change the speed of our life by incorporating a few ideas to stop and treasure our moments together with family and friends?

How do you pronounce Hygge?

Hygge is not pronounced the way you think it is. “Hoo-gah” is the correct way to say it. If you want even more clarification there are Youtube videos that will help you out.

Where did Hygge originate?

The word hygge originally came from Norway.  It’s translation loosely meant well-being.  The Danish adopted the word as their own and they embody the hygge lifestyle.  Danes are among the happiest people in the world and they attribute their happiness in part to hygge.

What is Hygge?

Hygge cannot be summarized in just a word or even a sentence.  The best way I can describe it is an outlook on life that focuses on simple pleasures and taking the time to cultivate more of them in your life.

It’s when you give your body, mind and spirit a rest and enjoy the good things in life, like a sunrise or sunset, reading a book in front of crackling fire, taking the time to savor a delicious mug of gourmet tea, and spending time with friends and family in a comfortable setting.

What is a Hygge Lifestyle? 

Instead of living your life on autopilot, hygge is a way of life that makes sure you live your life in a way that brings deep contentment to your soul.

Sometimes the outer things in life (money, power, achievements) aren’t the things that will make us happy.  A hygge life encourages us to look at what truly brings us joy and it to make sure we include those things in our days.

“Some of the most important conversations I’ve ever had occurred at my family’s dinner table.”

Bob Ehrlich

My Other Posts on the Hygge Lifestyle:

Hygge Ideas on Ultimate Self Care 

31 Hygge Quotes to Change Your Life 

31 Hygge Winter Ideas to Nurture Yourself 

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Since you found this article on Hygge Family Dinner Traditions, I’m guess you like all things cozy living.  I created a Facebook group called Creating a Cozy Life with over 64,000 like-minded souls.  

It’s a group where we share recipes, pictures of things that leave you in awe, and ideas on how to make your life just a little bit more snug.  Join here to be part of the virtual cozy cabin.  

Here are the Hygge Family Dinner Traditions to Start Tonight:  

1. Dine by candlelight

Hygge Family Dinner Traditions - Dining by Candlelight

There’s something magical about sharing a meal by the light of candles.  You can make this idea a weekly tradition or a nightly one.

Nourishing our bodies is a time when we should slow down and give thanks for the food on our table. Set the tone for gratefulness with a little touch of magic.

2. Slow cooker meal  

Hygge Family Dinner Traditions - Slow Cooker Meal - Beef stew in a Crockpot

Instead of working at a hurried pace trying to get dinner on the table, the simplest solution is to prepare your crockpot the night before. In the morning, all you have to do is take the slow cooker from the refrigerator and plug it in.

By the time you’re ready to sit down for dinner, your house will smell amazing and you’ll be relaxed from not having to work so hard. Hygge family dinner traditions use all of our senses. Sight, touch, smell, sound, and taste are all included in a rewarding experience.

3. Soft music in the background.

Hygge Family Dinner Traditions - Soft Music Playing in the Background - Bowl of Pasta on top of music sheets

Beautiful music sets the mood in any setting.  We forget to set the stage for a perfect evening at home, when adding ambience can change an average night into a memorable one.

You can put different music playlists together depending on your mood or even your type of dish you’ll be serving.

4. Dinner-in-bed 

Hygge Family Dinner Traditions - Dinner in Bed

You know how to do breakfast-in-bed, how about dinner-in-bed?  Get comfortable by wearing your favorite pajamas, get breakfast trays for everyone and enjoy watching your favorite movie all from the comfort of your bed.

On a particularly stressful day, stop off at your favorite Chinese restaurant and order food to-go and surprise your family with a dinner-in-bed nigh. You will be amazed at how fast the hectic feelings of the day melt away.

You could also put together a simple charcuterie board filled with your favorite cheeses, olive oil, marinated olives, balsamic vinegar, figs, nuts, breads and cold cuts and make that your dinner instead.

5. After dinner walk

Hygge Family Dinner Traditions - After Dinner Walk - two parents and two children walking outside bundled up

Start a tradition like walking around the block after or before dinner to extend the time your family spends together and to enjoy the crisp evening air.

The hush of the evening underneath the stars is the perfect background with interesting conversations.

6. Blessings

Hygge Family Dinner Traditions - Giving thanks for the blessings in your life - hands at the dinner table entwined

Dinner is the perfect place to realize that we’ve been blessed.  Blessed with good food to eat, blessed with family and friends, and blessed with a roof to shelter us.

Every night have your family think of one thing in your lives that you are thankful for and hold that image in your heads. Send a blessing to the person or event that has enhanced your life.

7. Cooked with love  

When you add meals that have meaning into your hygge family dinner traditions menu, every bite you take will warm you to your toes.

Some examples of memorable meals are:

  • Teach your kids how to make homemade pie from the berries you picked as a family.
  • Use Grandma’s recipe for chicken and dumplings for Sunday supper.
  • Keep a flock of chickens and use the eggs in your favorite quiche.
  • In the summer, go out fishing for your dinner.

When you take part in growing the fruits and vegetable, picking the berries or apples, tending the flock or dusting off old family recipes and using them in your everyday cooking, the food you eat takes on an entirely different meaning.

8. Dining alfresco

Hygge Family Dinner Traditions - Dining alfresco - outdoor patio table set for lunch

Eating your meals outside takes on a different rhythm.  Even if you’re just a few steps away from your home, dining in your own backyard can transform a ho-hum evening into a magical one.

It doesn’t matter what the season is, each brings its own gifts.  Even winter has its benefits like being toasty warm under heat lamps or following your dinner with hot cocoa and star gazing.

9. Sporting event 

Hygge Family Dinner Traditions - Sporting Event - Pot of chili and all the toppings with cornbread

If your family loves sports, plan a casual dinner around games you don’t want to miss.  Your family will look forward to spending time together and routing for his or her favorite teams.

Chili and cornbread, homemade chicken soup with crusty sourdough bread, your favorite pizzas with chopped salad and build-your-own tacos and guacamole and chips are just a few ideas to pick from.

10. Farmers market  

Hygge Family Dinner Traditions - Using Ingredients from Farmer's Markets.  Fresh vegetables on a stand in the farmer's market.

Having connections to the people who produce your food is a very hygge way to live.  Take your kids on an afternoon outing at a local farmers market so they are able to interact with the farmers themselves.

Encourage questions from your kids about how the food is grown, what some of their secrets are and how a typical day goes.

When you get your food home, have the entire family participate in the making of dinner.  Assign each person a part in the process.

11. Fondue night

Hygge Family Dinner Traditions - Fondue Night - Bowl of cheese fondue with bread on fondue forks

Start a cozy fire and set up dinner in front of the fireplace.  Spread a blanket on the floor or use the coffee table as your dining table.

Here’s some ideas of items to dip in your fondue sauces: sirloin, shrimp, or herb-crusted chicken in cheese sauce, bread in cheese fondue, pasta like ravioli or tortellini in alfredo sauce, steamed vegetables in cheese sauce and fruit for dessert in chocolate fondue.

12. Potluck gathering  

Host a weekly or monthly potluck gathering at your home to enjoy the company of your friends and family.

Evening bonfires, board games night, card games, or movie night are just some of the themed ideas you can start with.

13. One good thing  

Hygge Family Traditions to Try Tonight - One Good Thing - Smiley face made out of pebbles.

Every night go around the table and have each person say what the highlight of the day was.  This keeps everyone focused on looking for the good moments of each day and giving honor to them.

It could be as simple as picking up a lucky penny, indulging in a delicious bagel with cream cheese or even a small compliment from a stranger.  Nothing is too small.

We’ve reached the end of Hygge Family Dinner Traditions to Start Tonight.  I hope you enjoyed it!

Let me know in the comments below how you spend your family dinners and if you tried any of the ideas and how they worked.

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Tuesday 2nd of November 2021

I already do a lot of the things you suggest! It makes me happy to know that I gravitate to cozy things.


Wednesday 3rd of November 2021

Hello Kate! I'm so glad you already use these ideas in your evening meals. It makes such a difference! Kelly

Lynne Moore

Monday 23rd of November 2020

I’m just learning about Hygge and I love the concept! I’m slowly adopting it into many areas of my/our life!!! Thank you!


Tuesday 24th of November 2020

Hello Lynne! I'm so glad you liked the article. Thanks for letting me know. Kelly


Sunday 9th of December 2018

Thank you for good Cody family ideas


Sunday 9th of December 2018

Hello Marion! Thank you for letting me know. I appreciate it. Kelly

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