This may sound like a lot of work or
even a bit cheesy, but surprisingly a theme can make your life
easier and your party more fun. With a Mexican theme, serve grilled
fish tacos, guacamole and margaritas, or serve burgers, brats and
Berghoff beer for a Chicago barbecue theme, for example.
"It creates a more fun and memorable
event," says Debi Lilly, chief eventeur of
A Perfect Event in Chicago.
Create a menu based on the
theme-everything from drinks and appetizers to main dish, sides and
dessert, Lilly says. Plan your guest list, figure out how much food
is needed and what guests can bring.
"I always love to do a theme where people are
actually bringing something that goes with it," says Julie Reinhardt, author of She-Smoke, a book about