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Supper Clubs - Start your own Supper Club

Updated on January 4, 2011

 You may be wondering why I'm writing a hub about Supper Clubs, well let me explain....

My husband and I don't get to get out much to spend time with friends like most do. We only have 3 nights off a week, and those 3 nights aren't good for going out. We are off on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. And while we don't have to go to a bar to hang out with our friends, not all of us can always afford to go out to eat all the time either. So I had this idea of starting a Supper Club and inviting people over. So I began to research the idea (like I do with any new idea) and found some interesting tidbits about Supper Clubs that I felt I could pass along to you!

In this hub I want to tip on things like "how to make your guest list fun and interesting, to setting dates and times, themes etc.... So sit back and learn as I have learned!

Making a fun guest list

 Are you in the mood to meet new people? Mingle with the old, and invite some new as well! Chances are you probably know a lot of your friends, friends. So when sending out the invites to your supper club, ask them to bring one person along that you don't already know!

 

Now it's time to set the date!

 You look at that calendar and you see empty boxes to fill up... My calendar is easy, every Sunday, Monday and Tuesday are available for me!

So when you find out what your available dates are, get with your group and decide on what your regular meeting times are going to be. Usually every other month is manageable for all parties involved and then set one specific night a week aside.

Usually around here Sundays are going to be our best option. So we'll propose that to the group of people when we decide to set one up!

Location, Location, Location

 Chances are the group that you've set up for your Supper Club is going to want to go to different houses and visit everyone else in their environments. And while I'm the type of person that wouldn't mind it being in my home every time, I'll want to venture out every now and again as well.

So what you need to do is sit down with your Supper Club group and let them pick out the dates and times of when they want to be your host. If you can't come to terms with this, then another fun alternative is to randomly pull dates out of a hat.

Then again, if you are doing the Supper Club on warm evenings you all could always meet in a park or recreational area and play games like basketball, volleyball or what ever your hearts desire!

You must have a theme!

There are so many themes and ideas to gather for these sorts of events that the possibilities are just endless!

You can consider and Asian style theme and have your guest dress up for the occasion and place bonsai plants around your home, or even go as far as sitting on decorative pillows on the floor like they do in Asia!

There are 50's themes, 60's hippie themes etc....

But make sure that the themes and the food match up!

Here are some other quick ideas to throw out there for ya :

Italian

Mexican

All American (for the 4th of July or Memorial Day)

Theme around the holidays

Theme around a book or movie

I'll do another hub just around themes for a supper club soon! But this should give you an idea of what I'm talking about!

Share the work with the other guests!

 When it's your turn to be the host send out an email or mass text stating what the theme is and what you have planned for the menu...

The ask your guests to bring a dish on the menu that goes along with the theme of your party. This way you are not stressing out all the time when it's your turn to host, and every body can try a little bit of every one's cooking at every gathering!

Get Feedback!

 Ask all the members to be participant in providing feedback to your supper clubs. Ask them all to get small journals to document their experience at the party. Have them jot down little notes that are anonomous and then in a email or text share one or two of them to let everyone in on the feedback!

I had much fun writing this hub. And I hope to soon put what I've learned about Supper Clubs to good use! I've learned tons of information but condensed it into this one hub. So if you have any question feel free to email me directly or comment below and I'll get back to you ASAP!

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    • Elise-Loyacano profile image

      Elise-Loyacano 

      6 years ago from San Juan, Puerto Rico

      Good idea for the cash strapped. Money has been tight for me these past couple of years, so thanks for the reminder that little money doesn't mean we all have to become little hermits. Now all I need is a "Clean the house so people can come over for the supper club club".

    • orchidmyst profile image

      orchidmyst 

      7 years ago from Redding Ca

      I actually put an add on craigslist to start a dinner club, thought it would be fun to meet new people as I am new to the city I am now living in..Great Hub

    • Sally's Trove profile image

      Sherri 

      7 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      A supper club as you've described it is much like an old fashioned potluck dinner, but now with a theme and feedback. It's an exciting idea!

      It's all about community, community as you find it and community as you grow it. Love it.

    • lindacee profile image

      lindacee 

      7 years ago from Arizona

      Fun way to get out and socialize during these financially tight times! Thanks for the hub and creative ideas!

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