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#1 emlis22

Posted 18 February 2013 - 09:14 AM

DPs Birthday is coming up and we plan to have a gathering type affair at our house on the Saturday night. The only thing is, we've hosted a fair few BBQs this summer, so I don't want it to be like every other time if that makes sense (usually we provide meat and guests brings snacks and salads and everyone BYO drinks). So I'm wondering if any of you have some ideas about how to make this night a bit more special? There will probably be about 15-20 guests, mostly kidless couples ranging from mid20s to mid30s, most of whom are big drinkers.

Any ideas would be much appreciated!

#2 Academic

Posted 19 February 2013 - 12:55 PM

How about theming it around a particular cuisine (Italian, Mexican, etc.) - one that your DH particularly likes? Gives you a chance to do something a bit different with the food and the drinks! You could do themed cocktails, beers and wines as well.

Decorations can go a long way to creating a special atmosphere. They don't have to be cheesy or match the food theme if you go with that. Will the party be in your backyard? You could set up a gazebo and hang curtains or fabric from the top poles, and maybe have the food table and cake under it. Sort of like this: http://www.furnishingtouches.ie/images/cur.../outdoors_1.jpg - although the curtains there are pretty feminine, you could choose some more to your DH's taste!

Lighting is important too. Again, fairy lights or paper lanterns might be a bit girly, but you could make some brown paper bag luminaries (with battery candles so there's no risk of fire), or hire some coloured spot cans to illuminate parts of your outdoor space in a cool way. There's always the good old tiki torch too.

#3 emlis22

Posted 21 February 2013 - 08:27 AM

Yeah it's in our back yard, we have a big covered deck area (about 6m x6m), with outdoor couches etc.

ooh I love the tiki torch idea - I wouldn't have thought of that, i'll be getting some of those for sure! I ordered some paper lanterns to hang from the roof (and yes, very hard not to make them girly! - they are probably more for me happy.gif ).

Thanks academic!

#4 blenheim

Posted 21 February 2013 - 08:32 AM

We had a build your own burger lunch which was great - and for dessert, we had an icecream bar - just plain icecream but eleventy billion toppings/sauces/sprinkles/crushes etc - it was super easy, a novelty and everyone loved it.

#5 Academic

Posted 21 February 2013 - 10:37 AM

QUOTE (blenheim @ 21/02/2013, 08:32 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
We had a build your own burger lunch which was great - and for dessert, we had an icecream bar - just plain icecream but eleventy billion toppings/sauces/sprinkles/crushes etc - it was super easy, a novelty and everyone loved it.

I love this idea! Will have to file it away for our next party.

We had a crepe bar at one party. All kinds of gourmet fillings that people could choose from, and DH just kept a frypan going on the portable stove to whip them up.

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