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Party Menu Help - Ear Piercing Theme??

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After decades of not getting my ears pierced, I've decided for this upcoming milestone birthday to finally get it done.

I'd love to throw a party with a menu that's themed after something related - but am drawing blanks.......

I've thought of : Skewered apps ... round things (meatballs)....
and, unfortunately, that's IT.

Before throwing in the towel on this party idea, I thought if anyone has ideas how to pull it off - the 'hounds would.

Any suggestions or feedback is greatly appreciated!! TIA!

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  1. Something with orchiette pasta!
    http://italianfood.about.com/library/...

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    1. re: coll

      There's also ring-shaped pasta, usually seen in soups.

      1. re: greygarious

        I know, but EAR shaped= the worst part. Getting the ear pieced for the first time is all about the ear I think. But maybe mix the two pastas together. Now there's an idea.

    2. What if it was centered on earrings, rather than the actual procedure? Might make for some pretty desserts.

      1. Anything with a hole: doughnuts, bagels, Cheerios, Life Savers, Swiss cheese...

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        1. re: susan1353

          ooh, good one!

          braised osso buco and remove the bone before serving. Pineapple rings. A little biscuit cutter and you take the middle out of a lot of things.

        2. Dried apricots are reminiscent of ears. You could skewer them with rosemary sprigs. serve them on crostini with a bit of chevre to adhere them to the bread, maybe?

          1. Shiskabob? Yakitori? Satay? Bacon wrapped kimchee skewers?

            My local chinese deli has a dish made with sliced pigs ears.

            I could see party bags with whole pigs ears for the dog owners who attend.

            1. Shishkabobs was my first thought. I know they are out a season, but you could do ears of corn. When I was a kid we called palmiers "elephant ears." They are kind of ear-shaped. You could add earrings with frosting. Also, you could just sort of broaden it to a piercing theme and that would include fondue-type things.

              1. This is the cutest topic ever. Palmiers!

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                1. re: link_930

                  Hahaha, and pipe some frosting earrings onto them!!! Or use those silver balls in the cake decorating area and adhere them to the palmier, so they look like earrings!!

                2. Elephant Ears for dessert!

                  1. Make a pizza, using slices of pepperoni or other sausage as the ears (the pizza itself is the head). You can put a face on it, and use a 1/2 olive for each earring???

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                    1. re: Full tummy

                      Oooh I like that idea!

                    2. UPDATE: You guys are awesome!! The combination of ear + ring ideas are great! I recently got engaged, so could play off and expand the ' ring' components too! The party won't be til January - so, keep the ideas coming, as you have them!!

                      Thank you SO much!!

                      Any suggestions on a 'name' for said party?

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                      1. re: The Oracle

                        Since it is in January, what about something along the lines of "Ringing in the New Year?" Maybe, "EAR-ringing in the New Year!"

                        1. re: LolaP

                          O.K. You got the ball rolling, haha.

                          Ringing in the new EAR!!!

                          Happy New EAR!!!

                          Please come to my New Ears party, to ring in the new EAR!!

                          1. re: LolaP

                            or Ringing in the New Ear!

                            1. re: Emme

                              That's right!!!

                              1. re: Full tummy

                                You guys are hilarious! It will be an EAR-full, for sure!!!

                        2. Breakfast where you can have bagels and donuts.

                          1. You could make ear shaped ravioli. Even use premade wonton wraps and cut circles and fold in half. Go wild.