Special Theme Recipes

If you're hosting a party with a special theme, let these recipe collections be your inspiration.

Staff Picks

Ants on a Log

Rating: 4.5 stars 120
This is a fun snack that kids can make. It consists of artfully arranged celery, peanut butter, and raisins.

Grenadian Spice Cake

Rating: 4.5 stars 57
This recipe hails from Grenada-and would be a grand finishing touch to your favorite Caribbean or spicy meal. Dust with confectioners' sugar and serve with fresh fruits of the season.

Medieval Chicken Pie

Rating: 4.5 stars 24
This is a kind of meat pie that would have been eaten during the Middle Ages (700-1450) in Europe. Feel free to play around with the spices and substitute things such as cardamom, allspice, nutmeg, etc. Use a Whole wheat crust to be really authentic.
By Talia

Tropical Salad with Pineapple Vinaigrette

Rating: 4.5 stars 244
An easy salad to make with a bag of salad greens, pineapple, bacon bits, nuts and toasted coconut. Use fresh pineapple, if you can, and substitute toasted almonds for the macadamia nuts, if desired.

WWII Oatmeal Molasses Cookies

Rating: 4.5 stars 264
This was my Grandmother's recipe from the 1940's. These cookies use molasses in place of brown sugar, which was one of the items rationed during the war (and harder to get than white sugar, they tell me). To me they're better than regular oatmeal cookies!

Bahama Mama

Rating: 4.5 stars 187
Bahama Mama is a delicious tropical adult drink!

Mai Tai

Rating: 5 stars 112
Two flavors of rum mix with pineapple and orange juices for a fruity drink.

Jamaican Beef Patties

Rating: 4 stars 248
Moist curry-flavored ground beef wrapped in buttery, flaky pastry dough.

Easy Key Lime Pie

Rating: 4.5 stars 1504
An easy, tart and creamy blue-ribbon key lime pie baked in a graham crust.

Jamaican Fried Dumplings

Rating: 4.5 stars 65
Flat fried buttery dough usually served with cod fish in Jamaica, as a big weekend breakfast, slightly different from the American dumplings.

Coconut Shrimp I

Rating: 5 stars 1982
These crispy shrimp are rolled in a coconut beer batter before frying. For dipping sauce, I use orange marmalade, mustard and horseradish mixed to taste.

Crab Rangoon I

Rating: 4 stars 141
Everyone will love these bite-size, fried dumplings stuffed with crab. You can make these in advance of the festivities, and freeze on trays until party time.

Inspiration and Ideas

12 Tiki Drinks You Have to Make
Tiki drinks are here to stay in your party repertoire. Stock your bar with the basic ingredients for these classic tiki cocktails
Island-Style Fried Rice
Rating: 4.5 stars 187

Everyone in Hawaii has their own version of fried rice. This is my own version of fried rice that the locals ate in Hawaii.