Monday, September 3, 2007

Dinner party ideas - themes

I love looking for new dinner party ideas (as you may have gathered) .. and this post is about a new theme you might consider..

Imagine an invitation to a Mediterranean dinner party.. you are invited to go dressed like you're going to stay at a Greek island resort.. or on the Italian or French Riviera.. you go dressed like you are in that wonderful and alluring place.. you dress to impress..

You arrive to the aromas that ignite your senses.. the aromas are amazing.. and an unfamiliar style of music is playing - not something that you'd normally listen to.. but it appeals nonetheless and you seem to easily relax into the atmosphere..

You arrive - the host has pre prepared platters of homos (chickpea dip), baba ganouge (eggplant dip) and other 'tasty Mediterranean dips with maybe some Turkish bread or some Lebanese bread that has been sliced into small pieces and toasted in the oven to a beautiful crispness .. it is still warm and as you have that first taste, you feel like you are going to die from the pleasures that you taste..

Instead of a dining table, there are cushions on the floor and an incense is burning, so every sense is being catered too.. and you haven't even had the main meal yet.

After meeting and socializing with the other guests in this unique environment, you relax into the cushions and on a low table an amazing buffet of Mediterranean treats are served on platters.. kebabs (meat or vegetables on skewers), tabouli salad, falafel (chickpea balls), stuffed tomatos and so many other scrumptious options are available for you to add to your plate. You eat mostly with your hands.. as is typical in many of the Mediterranean countries. And it's OK.

This is something so different... and to top it all off, your host has organized a local belly dancer to come in to give you a bit of a show.. they invite interested dinner party goers to have a try.. and if you don't want to that's fine.. you sit and watch with respect and amazement.. and if you're like me, you wish you could move like that too!

What a memorable night.. different to most dinner parties that you get to go to and one that makes a lasting impression.. my next post will be about a "mango theme"I had at a recent dinner party. Of all things!

All I'm trying to say is that your dinner party ideas need to be different.. why have just a regular (and possibly dull) three course dinner party when your dinner party could be talked about for years to come. Isn't that what we'd all like when we really want to impress?

Stay tuned for more dinner party ideas soon.

In the meantime, add a bit of fun to your cocktails with these swizzle sticks (drink stirrers):

The Hostess with the Mostess

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