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Theme PlayerOne way to liven things up a little is to choose a theme. Be creative—a theme can be anything from the obvious (Halloween costume party) to the original (bad karaoke night) to the outrageous (Vegas casino night). Once you’ve chosen a theme, create a menu around it. There’s no need to be literal (baby veggies for a baby shower, etc.). Instead, make recipes that are in sync with the spirit of the party and that allow you to enjoy yourself. So for an activity-filled gathering, pick recipes that you can make in advance, and are easy to eat while moving around.




Here are a few theme ideas with sample menus.  Go ahead, give on a whirl!
Book Club Brunch
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Book Club Brunch

Today’s book clubs can be like reliving your college dorm room hang-outs—great opportunities for honest talk, friendship-building and eating. For a twist, hold your book club at brunchtime to get your brain muscles moving early.

Dessert & Games Night
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Dessert & Games Night

When you’re entertaining people from different age groups, organized parlor games can be a great way to bring everyone together. Start the party after dinner and serve only desserts, drinks and coffee. Get things rolling with charades, 20 Questions or Categories.

Swap-It Party
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Swap-It Party

Here’s a fun way to take valuable things that you own but never use (fancy candles, small kitchen appliances, DVDs) and exchange them with friends. Everybody brings 2-3 items and trades them for items of equal value. Serve small plates of food, wine or sodas and let the swapping, and the fun begin.