“If You Could Host ONE Awesome Sunday Dinner This Fall. . . “

If you could host one awesome dinner party this fall--10-1-2013

“Theme” Dinners. . .

A couple of years ago, I participated in an online course on writing small reports. I created mine around the theme, “If You Could Host One Awesome Sunday Dinner This Fall”. Included in this report are three different “theme” dinners with menus, some recipes, tablescapes, suggestions for music, movies, even what to wear!

While I’m sure most of you know what a “theme” dinner is, just for explanation’s sake, it is a dinner that is planned around a theme. Examples would be like a 1950’s car hop dinner, or a rock and roll dinner.

I chose for my theme dinners three dinners that I had actually made for my family and friends. Because I have always loved to entertain, this was right down my alley.

 “To Grandmama’s House We Go”. . .

To Grandmama's House We Go tablescape

My first “dinner” was a traditional one I called, “To Grandmama’s House We Go”. Sound familiar? It was actually a luncheon I hosted a few years ago for my mother, sister, my daughter, and my two nieces to give them their “Family Edition” of the first “To Grandmama’s House We Go: A Celebration of Family” cookbook.

The menu included many of our “Family Favorites”–Huntington Chicken Casserole, Grandmama Hall’s Scalloped Potato Casserole (my sister’s FAV!), and Grandmama Hall’s Chocolate Sheet Cake.

The tablescape included my Grandmama Hall’s china, floral centerpiece, and two floral candleholders. I also used my Mama’s silver and crystal goblets.

 “Country-Western Buckaroo Dinner”. . .


The second “Theme Dinner” was one I hosted for my husband’s birthday, “Country-Western Buckaroo Dinner”. My children and grandchildren were our guests.

This dinner was on our “tree-top” deck. The menu included “Sarsaparilla” (root beer) in a metal tub filled with ice, Texas Sheet Cake–I think I used Grandmama Hall’s Chocolate Sheet Cake recipe since it’s so similar, and Cowboy Cookies. All wore “Western attire”.

The tablescape was a red and white check tablecloth with a western vase with a “cactus” like plant in it. Napkins were “cowboy” bandanas.

We had a “Country Music Quiz”–my son, Jason, got the most answers correctly. Imagine that. . . 🙂 I gave my grandchildren water guns WITH water in them for a “water gun fight”. FUN!!!

“Lumberjack Breakfast for Dinner”. . .

photo-13The last “Theme Dinner” was a “Lumberjack Breakfast for Dinner”. This was a dinner I worked with Heidi Barnes on a few years ago. She is SOOO creative and had such great ideas for dinners/ props/ favors, etc. This would be so much fun to do when the weather gets cooler–you need cooler weather to wear flannel shirts!

The tablecloth is brown butcher paper with a fake “Campfire” as the centerpiece. You could go to a restaurant supply store and purchase oval plastic dishes or use paper plates (which is what we did). Bandanas for napkins, of course!

The menu has typical “hearty” breakfast fare: bacon, sausage, Grandmama Hall’s Buttermilk Pancakes, egg-sausage casserole, Grandmama Hall’s Buttermilk Biscuits. Who wouldn’t like to “chow down” at this dinner?

Soon I will have an updated ebook of “If You Could Host Just One Awesome Sunday Dinner This Fall”. It will have much more information in it:

  • More recipes
  • More dinners
  • More information

Watch for an announcement when it is finished!


  1. This sounds like so much fun! Great since Christmas is just around the corner. It’s the simple things that make a get together so great.

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