Weekend Entertaining: Ideas for Themed Dinner Parties
We’re throwing a dinner party in a few weeks, but are still stuck on a theme. Tapas? Breakfast for Dinner? Down-Home Southern? Classic French? Ack!
As a guest or a host, what has been your most memorable dinner party theme?
Some of you might be asking why we need a theme at all. The simple answer is that we just like it! It’s a way for us to flex our culinary muscles and have fun in the process.
We like to choose a theme that is specific enough to narrow down our recipe choices but still flexible enough to allow for creativity. With a theme like “Tapas,” we can follow traditional Spanish recipes, or we could go with a liberal interpretation of “lots of small hot and cold dishes.”
We like to put our theme to work outside of the kitchen as well. With a southern theme, we might set the table with mason jar glasses and a vase of wild flowers. If we go classic french, we’ll dig up some old Edith Piaf CDs for background music.
What ideas do you have for themes and making a memorable evening?