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Mystery Dinner Ideas With Menu items
The Mystery Dinner Basics
The basics of a Mystery dinner are just this, you the host or hostess are the only one who knows what is on the menu. Your menu consists of items that have names, the names might have some bearing on the food that it to be served, the idea is to confuse the guest. Your food of course should be good food! Nothing that will cause your guests to be repulsed. You most certainly want them to enjoy themselves!
In my other Hub on Mystery dinners I covered the ‘How to’ part, this one is more of an ‘Idea’ article. Everyone gets an idea from time to time but with a little help from friends you can turn your idea into something folks will talk about for years to come!
The ‘Mystery’ part of your dinner could be to guess the Theme. A prize could be given for the first one to guess the Theme.
Giving your Dinner a Theme is fairly easy. Are your guests big readers? Then how about a ‘Literary’ themed dinner? Each item of food served will have the title to a book, or at least part of it in the title. For example; You could serve grapes on your menu and call them ‘Seeds of Wrath’.
Once the guest name the Theme, then they may have to guess an Author. How much more fun could this get? Guessing the Genre. Prizes for the winners! They don’t have to be expensive prizes. Having a lovely center piece could be the prize for that table. Maybe a gift card to Barnes and Noble.
Are they musical? How about throwing some music into the titles? Potatoes = Smiling Irish Eyes. Guessing the Genre of music could be one prize, then the musical group another. The prize? A gift certificate to Amazon or your favorite music store! Quite possibly a CD. If your 'Grand PRize' guess is Elvis, then a CD of his Greatest Hits would be a great prize indeed!
Western Omlet = All Shook Up
Is your group of friends into Movies? Movie titles are great to throw into the mix! The Wizard of Oz = Apples (Remember the scene in which Dorothy was going to eat one and they were thrown at her?) or How about ‘Conan the Barbarian’ = Chicken legs… (Why? Because you eat chicken legs with your hands like a ‘barbarian’)
The Prize? A copy of the DVD of your choice!
Nursery Rhyme Mystery dinner - ‘Sticks and stones may break my bones…’ Can you guess the food? Peas and carrot sticks.
The Prize? A book of your favorite Nursey Rhymes.
Country Folk Dinner
How about a ‘Country Folk’ dinner? Country Style Ribs = Hillbilly Bones.
Who says it has to be Dinner?
And who says it has to be ‘dinner’ food? I have created a Mystery Breakfast menu as well.
Boiled Eggs - Soft Rocks
Fried Eggs - Easy on the eyes
Scrambled Eggs - Messy Babies
Western Omelets - All Shook up
Sausage Patties - Ground pies
Sausage links - smart fingers
Pancakes - Pot Holders
Bacon - Tight skinned
Hash Browns - Shredded roots
Waffles - Road kill
Syrup - Sappy attitude
Butter - Greased Lightening
Just have fun!
The scope of your dinner can only be limited to your imagination!
Make your menu pleasing to the eye, if you are creative, cut out a shape that is part of your theme. Plain paper is fine and probably will not be reused, as well as getting messy.
No one says you have to have a ‘Theme’ for your dinner either! Just good food and friends is all that is needed of loads of fun!
Here are a few other food items that I have come up with. Feel free to use them if you wish!
Grapes - seeds of wrath
apple slices - Adam's nemesis
Banana split - Monkey's iced twin
Brownies - Fairy’s Apprentice
Chocolate Cake - Devils Advocate
Angel food Cake with chocolate Syrup - Halo tilted
Peas and carrot sticks - Sticks and stones
corn - Just passing through
Broccoli - Trees with branches
Asparagus Spears - arrows
Liquid Refreshment -
Coffee - Go-Go juice
Milk - teat treat
Chocolate Milk - Muddy teats
Water - Frozen snow
Tea - Boston’s Best
BBQ Ribs - Glossy bones
Fried Chicken - Your Goose is cooked
Bourbon Chicken - Drunken Ranger
Polish sausage - Foreign Pig
Country style Ribs - Hillbilly's Bones
Hamburgers - Cow Patties
Potatoes - Irish Eyes are smiling
Pasta - Confucius says...
Rice - Seeds from a stem
Baked Beans - Gas 'n Go
Don't forget the Utensils!
Whatever you do don’t forget to have them order their utensils!! They are part of the menu as well!!
Fork = Devil’s tail
Knife - Robin hood’s tool
Spoon - Lovers cuddle
Napkin - Sleepy relative
Toothpick - Lumberjack’s reward
Of course you may change these to suit you!
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