Funny and Short Dinner Prayers to Add Laughter to Your Family Gatherings

By Billie •  Updated: 04/20/23 •  8 min read

Family gatherings are a great way to bring loved ones together, share good food, and create lasting memories. While saying a prayer before a meal is a common tradition for many families, it doesn’t have to be a serious affair.

In fact, incorporating some humor into your dinner prayer can bring laughter and joy to the table. Here are some funny and short dinner prayers to try at your next family gathering.

The Importance of Laughter in Family Gatherings

Sharing a laugh with loved ones can be a bonding experience and create positive memories that last a lifetime. Adding humor to a dinner prayer can break the ice and set the tone for a fun and enjoyable meal.

Examples of Funny Dinner Prayers

Some more examples of funny dinner prayers to say for a family gathering:

  1. “Dear Lord, please bless this food and our family. May our conversations be lively, our jokes be funny, and our stomachs be strong enough to handle seconds. Amen.”
  2. “Lord, thank you for this delicious meal and for the company of our beloved family. Please forgive us for the gossip we’re about to indulge in, and the inevitable dad jokes that will follow. Amen.”
  3. “God, bless this food and the hands that prepared it. And while you’re at it, can you please make sure Aunt Sally doesn’t try to feed the dog under the table again? We love her, but she’s a sneaky one. Amen.”
  4. “Dear Lord, thank you for this meal and for bringing our family together. Please give us the strength to resist the temptation to check our phones during dinner and the wit to come up with better conversation topics than the weather. Amen.”
  5. “God, we ask for your blessing on this food and for your forgiveness for any inappropriate jokes that may slip out of Uncle Bob’s mouth. We love him, but he’s a wild card. Amen.”

Remember to keep it lighthearted and appropriate for all ages, while still giving thanks for the food and the company.

  1. “Thank you for this food, which we’re about to eat. May it nourish our bodies and make us all sweet. Amen!”
  2. “Bless us, oh Lord, and these thy gifts, which we are about to receive. And please don’t let Aunt Mabel’s casserole go to waste. Amen!”
  3. “Lord, bless this food and bless the hands that prepared it. And if anyone wants seconds, they’d better hurry up before Uncle Joe gets to it. Amen!”
  4. “As we gather around this table, let us give thanks for the food before us, the family beside us, and the wisdom that comes from a well-timed fart joke. Amen!”
This Thanksgiving, my thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who has to do the dishes.

Examples of Funny Thanksgiving Dinner Blessings

  1. “Thank you, dear Lord, for this amazing meal. If this is what heaven is like, I’m ready to make a reservation.”
  2. “Bless the hands that made this food, and bless the stomachs that are about to receive it. And please forgive us if we go back for seconds (or thirds).”
  3. “Lord, we are grateful for this feast, but we can’t help but wonder: did the Pilgrims really have marshmallows on their sweet potatoes?”
  4. “We give thanks for this meal, for the love and warmth around this table, and for the fact that nobody has asked us to pass the kale salad yet.”
  5. “Thank you, Lord, for the delicious food, the wonderful company, and the fact that we don’t have to do this again for another year.”
  6. Remember to keep the tone light and humorous, while still expressing gratitude for the food and the company.

Tips for Delivering a Funny Dinner Prayer

Cat: "And bless mommy and daddy. And the can opener.

Types of Funny Dinner Blessings: Create Your Own

Take inspiration from the following formats and deliver your own funny dinner blessing tonight.

The One-Liner Mealtime Prayer

A short and sweet prayer that gets a laugh out of everyone at the table. Examples:

The Rhyme Time Funny Dinner Blessing

A prayer that rhymes and adds a fun, playful element to the mealtime. Examples:

hands raised in thanks

The Dinner Gratitude List

A prayer that takes a humorous approach to expressing gratitude for the meal and the company. Examples:

The Impromptu Dinner Poem

A prayer that is made up on the spot, using a lighthearted tone and playful language. Example:

The Pop Culture Dinner Prayer

A prayer that references popular culture, such as movies, TV shows, or music, to add a fun, modern twist to the mealtime prayer. Example:

Final Thoughts

Adding humor to a short dinner prayer can create a fun and enjoyable experience for everyone at the table. Remember to keep it light and relatable and to practice beforehand to ensure it flows smoothly.

Prefer a blessing of gratitude and reflection? We have examples of non-religious grace before meals, too.

Whether you’re sharing a meal with your family, a surprise birthday, or attending a dinner party, incorporating a funny dinner prayer is sure to bring a smile to everyone’s faces.


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