[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8DtpdXZi0M&hl=en_US&fs=1?color1=0x5d1719&color2=0xcd311b]Last year, The Beloved and I hosted a Ken's Korny Corn Maze party. Everyone had to bring a dish that contained corn. We had everything from corn chowder to corn dogs to candy corn, and it was Loads of Fun. In a couple of weeks, we're having a Thanksgiving in July party. We've been in The Beautiful House for just over a year, and we're thankful for our new friends and neighbors. So, we're inviting them over for a special Thanksgiving meal. We're providing happy turkey, dressing and a Dessert (more on that later), and everyone else will bring their favorite Thanksgiving side dish. We're even going to play Alice's Restaurant, since that is the Thanksgiving Theme Song.
A few days ago, I was talking on the phone with Cousin Ken, and I told him about our upcoming Thanksgiving meal. He told me about a party that he and his first wife hosted: everyone had to bring a dish from the home culture of their maternal grandmother. They ended up enjoying a wonderful multicultural meal, from pierogi to Parmesan.
This got me thinking about theme parties in general. I think we've gotten away from having theme parties, and it's time to bring them back. Theme parties don't have to be dusty affairs from the 1970s, and they don't have to be cheesy or hokey. Unless you're having a cheese party. Or a Hoky party, for that matter.
If you are Dead Set against the theme party as a viable option, please think again. For your edification, I present unto you Some Theme Party Ideas.
Some Theme Party Ideas
- Color theme: orange foods, red foods, etc
- Sneaky foods: foods that are masquerading as other foods: a scoop of mango sorbet on a pool of coconut cream looks like a fried egg
- Local foods: made only with foods grown locally
- TV theme: foods from Seinfeld or another favorite show. Marble rye and Junior Mints, anyone?
- Ingredient theme: everything must contain (insert ingredient here)
- Diner party: burgers, dogs, onion rings, shakes. You know: diner food
- Favorite band theme: All the foods must appear in the artists' body of work. ex: Beatles--strawberries, rice, crackers, marmelade, marshmallows, etc.
- Scattergories party: all the foods have to begin with the same letter
- Elvis party: self explanatory
- Grill party: take it outside--all courses grilled, from apps to desserts
Okay, that's just a few. I'd love to hear your ideas. And I know you have some Amazing Ideas. Or, use one of the themes I've listed and tell me what you'd make for that theme. I wanna know what you're gonna make for Sneaky Food night!
In the spirit of our Thanksgiving in July party, I would also like to thank you guys, my readers. Without you, I'd just be throwing wee pebbles down a bottomless well, figuratively speaking. So, for the reader/commenter with Coolest Idea (chosen by the Impartial Beloved), I'll send you a copy of one of my favorite quirky cookbooks: The Surreal Gourmet Entertains: high-fun, low-stress dinner parties for 6 to 12 people. Check it out. I'll be taking submissions through July 31st, and The Beloved will make his decision on August 1, so comment away and tell your friends. And thank you all again for being so keen.
Anyway, that's about it for today. I'm off to work on my Riveting Video of How to Make Bread Even if You Don't Think You Can. You're welcome.