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Category: Gr8 Dinners

A Gr8 Independence Day Dinner!

  While great food, friends and fun is a staple of every Great 8 Dinner event, the invitation is a critical feature for several reasons. The invitation not only announces the date of the gathering but, more importantly, reveals the theme along with the menu and assignments for all food preparation. When Jurga and I hosted a 4th of July themed event several years back I decided to use the Declaration of Independence as the format and foundation of the…

Las Vegas Baby!!

Las Vegas Baby! This might be one of my all time favorite themes that Vince and I hosted. Anytime there are games involved, there is sure to be Gr8 Fun! Vince and I thought it would be fun to do a vintage Vegas vibe. We decided on a color scheme of red and black and since vintage Vegas means Frank Sinatra, the playlist was easy! Since this Gr8 Dinner happened so long ago, (2006!!!) we weren’t as good…

Memories from Our Mother’s Kitchen

In honor of Mother’s Day this Sunday, we are reprinting the Where Women Cook article from Debbie’s Mother’s Day Gr8 Dinner Theme in May of 2014. “Aromas bring us back to our days around the table.” When I realized that the date I was hosting this year was the night before Mother’s Day, my husband and I knew that we wanted to honor our mothers. Our lives are so busy and complicated that…

My First Great 8 Dinner Cinco de Mayo

Writing these posts about our past Great 8 Dinners brings back such wonderful memories. I sometimes feel like it was yesterday. Oh how time flies when you’re having such Gr8 Fun! Today I am reflecting back to 1999 which was our third Great 8 dinner together and the first one that Joel and I planned. The date was May 7th so it was obvious to us that the theme should be a Cinco de Mayo fiesta. Yikes! I had…

Elegant Easter Brunch

As we prepare to celebrate the end of Lent and the miracle of the resurrection, we all know we are going to be dyeing and hiding eggs…but what will we serve for Easter Sunday brunch? Everyone can indulge now…because lent is over and it’s a celebration! Over the last couple of years we have published many recipes that would be perfect for your Easter brunch. Here is a mostly do ahead, brunch menu that…

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