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Throw a Lunch Party

Dinner parties are a great time for friends and family to get together, but give a lunch party a try for a welcome change.

Ideas for Entertaining at Lunch Time

Dinner time isnít the only time you can have friends over for entertaining - invite them over for lunch instead. Entertaining during lunch has quite a few advantages of dinner parties. Itís much easier to find a free Saturday or Sunday lunch date, than it is to find an evening that none of the potential guests are already busy. Lunch parties also tend to be more casual and family friendly. Guests can bring the kids and enjoy a relaxing meal visiting with you, while the kids are busy doing the same with your guestís children.

Keep it Light & Interesting

With this being a lunch event, you donít want the food to be quite as heavy as it might be for a dinner party. Good food choices include sandwiches, salads or even a variety of fun and light appetizers. Make the food interesting by switching up ingredients. For example, use tortillas to turn regular ham and cheese sandwiches into fancy wraps. Another idea is to fill pita bread with a various veggies, lettuce and chicken salad. You can even make a wrap bar where guests can choose their own ingredients.

Give it a Theme

Want to kick your lunch party up a bit? Set a fun theme and run with it. A few themes that are lots of fun and perfect for a lunch get together include summer or spring, Italian or a beach themed party, and even a specific decade or era, such as Victorian or the 60ís. Having a theme will make choosing foods and decorating easier too.
Adult Beverages or No?

If you want to serve a little alcohol at your lunch party is completely up to you. If you do choose to add a little drink to your party, remember to keep it light and in small quantities. Heavy wines or hard liquors may not be the best choice for a mid afternoon luncheon. Consider serving a light white wine or a refreshing beer instead. As always, be mindful and choose drinks that compliment the food youíll be serving.

If you choose not to include adult beverages, here are some ideas for non-alcoholic drinks instead.

Mineral water with lemon
Cold teas
Fruit Juice

For a little fun, prepare some virgin cocktails like frozen daiquiris or margaritas. Donít forget about your little guests either if your guests will be bringing their children. Juice boxes and other single serving bottled drinks are always a bit hit with kids.

Entertaining at lunch is something both you and your guests will enjoy. Give it a try today. The relaxed atmosphere is a great change of pace that might just turn into a regular event between you and your friends and family.

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