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Apr 25, 2008 07:27 AM

Food themes for a party

I'm hosting a girls night pot luck party in the summer. What are some good themes- other than Luau & Mexican Fiesta? Looking for something creative! Thanks

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  1. How about a "garden party."? Or a tea? Or using flowers as a theme? (Recipes that either are garnished with flowers or have flowers in the name or something. I'm not sure what I mean but think there might be some kind of possibilities there.) Or a 50s or 60s theme?

    1. Italian party with dishes being all Italian street food, fabulous Prosecco's, italian cookies.

      1. How about an Indian theme. They could dress in Sari's (or improvise) and use white table cloths and then lots of vibrant colors every where else.

        Or a Middle Eastern theme or Spanish and serve Tapas and Sangria.

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        1. re: SunnyMorn

          i've seen the indian themed party on tv somewhere, with a tent set up and sari material hanging down the outside, and woven loosely through the cross supports under the tent roof. candles in colorful votive glasses. big pillows for lounging around. biryani, samosas, ctm, naan, roti, pappadum, sweets, pimm's cup ;-). lots of sparkly gold reflective things hanging. very exotic -- with fabulous food.
          menu ideas perhaps:

          similar decorating theme:

          or caribbean theme, with jerk chicken, etc. and the steel drum band, booze and tons of fun!

        2. Here are a couple of ideas: You could ask each person to bring a dish that represents their favorite movie (e.g. Goodfellas = italian, Casablanca = moraccan, etc.). Or, everyone could bring a dish from their favorite/a memorable vacation. Ask people to be prepared to deliver their favorite movie line, or tell a good vacation story.

          1. Have an Iron Chef party... Pick a theme ingredient and everyone's dish has to include that.

            (For ease of dessert sake... you might want to pick something like "Lemons", which works itself easily into all courses).