You could probably come up with hundreds of different themes for your cooking party. Here are just a few ideas:
Around the world: Have each guest cook a dish from a different country. You can either distribute recipes at the party or ask your guests to bring their own family recipes. Another option is to pick just one country, like Japan or Italy.
Girls' night: Make it a ladies' night by inviting over a few of your girlfriends. After a few glasses of wine, it won't matter what you're cooking because you'll be having so much fun.
Date night: Invite a few couples over for an intimate evening. Cooking is more fun when you do it with the person you love, and your guests can bring home recipes that will make their own dinners easier and more fun.
Dinner and a movie: Start by cooking a couple of entrees, and then end the night with a fun flick.
Life's a grill: Take the party outside. This is a great way to spend a warm summer evening. Come up with a variety of grill-friendly recipes (you can even do dessert over the coals), and let your guests take turns playing grill master.
Wine pairings: Choose three or four of your favorite vintages (which can include different combinations of white, red and sparkling wine). Then cook one course to go with each wine.
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