This spring, extend one of your date nights to include a few other couples and host a dinner party with your significant other. Here are some dinner party themes to get your started:
On March 20, celebrate winter giving way to spring by rekindling old friendships, and maybe making a few new ones. Decorate with twinkly lights, lush flowers, and hand out seedlings to your departing guests. Be sure to create a menu that reflects new beginnings (like seeds and eggs) and the first harvest of spring.
Easter dinner is probably reserved for family, so brunch is the way to go this spring. Serve up indulgent brunch favourites like quiche, hot-cross buns or cinnamon buns, pancakes with all the fixings, and fruit salad. Decorate each place setting with a pastel hard-boiled egg (dyed in food colouring and vinegar) in a cute egg cup, and let a wreath of braided Italian bread be your centrepiece. End the meal with an Easter egg hunt — because you’re never too old to crawl around looking for chocolate.
Earth Day Party
On April 22, invite your friends over — and turn off the lights. Prepare a sustainable, vegetarian dinner you can enjoy by candlelight. Drink organic cocktails in tumblers made of recycled glass. Avoid creating garbage: compost vegetable scraps, and only use reusable, recyclable or biodegradable dishes, flatware and decor. (It’s probably best to get out your best china and avoid paper plates altogether.)
Springtime in the Mediterranean
Move over, comfort food. Lighter — but still crave-worthy — fare is back in. Dive into a family-style meal of lamb kebabs, grilled veggies and artichokes, olives, hummus, and tabbouleh. Serve with wine and swap out dessert for a cheese plate. Get inspired here.
Cinco de Mayo
Not that you need an excuse to eat tacos, but it’s hard to turn down an invite to a Cinco de Mayo party. Set up a self-serve taco bar in your backyard — check out this one for inspiration — and make margaritas. As the spring evening gets cooler, dip churros in Mexican hot chocolate for dessert. Decorate with a piñata: guests can take home loot bags filled with the candy they collect at the end of the night.
It’s time to get grilling. Host the first picnic of the year in your own backyard. Decorate with gingham tablecloths, fresh flowers and — if it’s still too chilly for your liking — outdoor heaters. Serve grilled meat and picnic favourites like potato salad, coleslaw, chips and dip and fresh fruit. End the night with s’mores.
Ladies, don your best hats. Gentlemen, straighten your bowties. This May, place your bets — whether your use real money is up to you — decorate with a garland of roses, and nosh on Southern food as you watch the races together.
Friday the 13th Dinner
Spooky parties don’t have to be relegated to the end of October. This May 13th, embrace a little bad luck and dare to invite 13 friends over for dinner. Make them enter under a ladder, and hang a broken mirror in your entrance way beside an open umbrella. Not sure what to serve? Here’s a menu inspired by the movie Friday the 13th should you want your dinner party to double as a movie night.
Friday the 13th dinner party: http://www.epicurious.com/archive/entertaining/partiesevents/movie-menus-friday-the-13th
Easter brunch: http://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/12-easter-brunch-recipes/
Earth Day dinner party: http://stagetecture.com/celebrate-earth-day-with-an-eco-friendly-dinner-party/
spring Mediterranean: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/menu/views/dinnerrush043009
churros with Mexican hot chocolate: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/XOCO-Churros-with-Mexican-Hot-Chocolate-395109