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readytocook Apr 25, 2008 07:27 AM

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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    karykat Apr 25, 2008 09:49 AM

    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?

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      travelchow Apr 25, 2008 10:19 AM

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

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        SunnyMorn Apr 25, 2008 10:20 AM

        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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          alkapal Apr 26, 2008 11:25 AM

          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: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/484482

          similar decorating theme: http://www.haremnights.co.uk/party_th...

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

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          kf161 Apr 25, 2008 10:49 AM

          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. Jennalynn Apr 25, 2008 10:51 AM

            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).

            1. Tehama Apr 26, 2008 11:14 AM

              Ohh - how about a brunch party? That is something so much fun to do! Plus --- who turns down champagne or bloody marys?

              If you have to keep it in the evening, you could still go on this theme and do savory omelets as the entree and then your girl friends could bring drinks and sides.

              1. PamelaD Apr 27, 2008 10:40 AM

                My favorite theme dinner party is Spanish:

                monchego cheese and almonds and olives for app
                paella for main
                flan or marzipan treats for dessert

                and you can usually find good value red and white rioja wines

                Have Fun,
                P

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                  cleopatra999 Apr 27, 2008 01:06 PM

                  camping party complete with hot dog roast, s'mores, fire, ghost stories.

                  comfort food pajama party, each guest brings favorite comfort food from adult hood or childhood.

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