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Nov 9, 2006 01:40 PM

Theme Dinner Party Ideas?

Hello All--
I want to host a fun dinner party with a regional or international theme. It can be era-specific, but it doesn't have to be. Some ideas include Rustic Italian, Istanbul 1960s, New Jersey Mafia, etc. I am not sold on any ideas, so I would love some creative assistance!

It will be for about 15 people, including several vegetarians.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. How about Spanish?

    You could do various tapas for apps, then have two paellas- one veg, one not.
    There are many good spanish wines you could serve.
    Then flan for dessert.


    1. How about 1001 Nights/Arabian Nights?
      You can have lovely veggie mezze...pomegranate cocktails...breezy chiffony costumes.

      1. You could:

        1) Do a Renaissance madrigal style dinner. I started to describe it, but this site does a heckuva better job:

        I have been to two such feasts and they were so much fun. I imagine they are a lot of work and planning though. I have not tried it.

        2) DO a murder mystery dinner

        3) Do a regional or cultural dinner party. It is a fun way to do a potluck. Friends can pick from a hat what course they are to bring and stipulate things like "nothing premade". You could do Indian, Irish, Turkish, Italian... You provide the Ambiance and all the sorts of things needed to round out the meal, everyone brings wine or some other drinkable thing.

        4) Do a season change party. Winter is coming up. You could celebrate it rather than bemoan snow shoveling!

        We like to do some unusual things to snap the party up a notch and to get a few yukks. Like have people know in advance that they are gonna have to spill it on funny stories like family trips, favorite (or more shocking) things done in winter (or whenever). If you have an era party, you could dress like the era and have a karaoke machine. Hoakie, yes, but I swear it is funny.

        OK that is it.

        1. A Bollywood theme could be fun. Get some Bollywood soundtracks for your background music, burn some incense, decorate with saris and jewel-toned silk throws. Serve Indian cuisine, which can include a chicken curry and a veg dish. To start, you can have poppadoms with dips, and vegetable pakora. And have bindis and henna tattoos for your guests to wear.

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          1. re: cackalackie

            Great ideas! I especially like Bollywood, and the idea for a specific potluck. That would be good for my budget!

          2. Russian Zakuski- Blinis and ice cold Vodka

            Yeast leavened buckwheat pancake batter can be made early in the day or the day before. When it's time to eat someone has to hit the griddle now and then to keep up a fresh supply. Everything else is cold buffet - easy if you can get to an eastern European deli and tell them what you want to do.
            Must Haves: Smoked sausage, smoked fish or lox, pickles: cukes, beets, mushrooms; salad, sour cream, chopped dill, chopped scallions. There is nothing like caviar. Salmon roe suffices. Good jams or honey on the blinis make dessert. Anything else you can think of to smear or heap on the pancakes and roll up will be fine!