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Mrs Adams’ Crunchy Turkey/Chicken Salad with Watermelon Rind Pickles

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<strong>Mrs Adams’ Crunchy Turkey/Chicken Salad with Watermelon Rind Pickles</strong>

This chicken salad recipe is the favorite dish of my sister’s ever brought to a church fellowship. It was her pastor’s wife (now pastor’s mother) who introduced everyone to this fantabulous salad.  The only thing is though, in Wyoming there aren’t ever any watermelon pickles available in the stores, so often times she has to substitute bread and butter pickles, although grapes would probably be a better substitute.

Mrs. Adams is from Texas and apparently, they are a southern thing – watermelon pickles, and since I live in Texas now, I was able to find them at Central Market in San Antonio and send them to my sister, who passed them along to Mrs. Adams, so she could make her famous salad the way it was supposed to be made. 

But the crazy thing is, I remember, as a kid, my grandmother making watermelon pickles in the summers. She always wanted us to save our rinds for her so she could make a big batch. She always had a jar of them in her fridge – and she’s not southern at all, although my grandpa was, and so maybe that’s where she got the idea.  Maybe his mom (or stepmom) made them?  Well, at any rate, a few years ago, I decided to try and make them myself, ‘cause San Antonio is a long ways to drive for a jar of pickles.  As far as recipes, all I had was a Ball Blue Book for inspiration, and after trying both types that they had listed, I realized that neither of them remotely resembled the taste or gooey consistency of the ones my grandma used to make. 

Then, a few weeks ago, on one of my many visits to Facebook, I saw Brenda Gantt had posted a video of herself making them, and after watching, I decided hers looked a whole lot like the ones my grandma made, very thick and gooey and sticky.  So, I thought I’d try her method out and see if it was a match.

Now, if you aren’t familiar with who Brenda Gantt (#BrendaGantt) is, well, let me just say she is this most darling little ol’ cooking grandma lady from Andalusia Alabama who ever put videos on Facebook.  They are down-to-earth and practical, charmingly unprofessional, and downright homey.  Shot by her using a little ol’ cell phone, in her very user friendly, fully equipped, but dare I say, a little bit old school kitchen, where friends and grandchildren frequently make an appearance.   Sometimes Brenda is all done up, make-up on, hair done, cute outfit, and other times she is in her housedress with no makeup and hair going every which way or stuffed under a ball cap.  She is a popular lady with lots of friends and a loving grandma and mother. She is a patriotic and Christian lady who shares her faith and love of country often, and has the most adorable personality.  She is a widow and retired school teacher, and has a little Bed and Breakfast that she operates called Cottle House. She is so beloved that her videos often get pirated and posted to You Tube (without her permission), but perhaps you have seen her there?  Below is the link to the little video she did of the watermelon pickles, which I hope you’ll go and watch here. If you have a cell phone you can aim your camera at this QR code and then click on the link that will pop up on your screen. It will take you right to the video.

This summer I have had such a craving for watermelon, and because of the abundance of watermelon rinds, I decided I would give Brenda’s recipe a whirl.  Let me tell you, it turned out exactly like my grandmother’s recipe, except my grandma’s had whole cloves in hers.  I thought they might be even better if they were spicy, so I added some garden jalapenos along with a lemon and a few spices just to see how they would turn out. Weeee doggies, they are my absolute new favorite!!!!! I love them soooooo much that I have made two whole watermelons worth now.  They make the chicken salad even better than it already was, if I may say so myself. 😉 

I made a little video capture collage from Brenda’s video. I thought it might be helpful to aid in the instructions for my watermelon pickles. As you can see, it took her a couple of days to put this one together, sometimes she is fixed up and sometimes not, and if you watch the video you will get to meet one of her beautiful granddaughters and a prankster grandson.

MrsH’s Spicy Watermelon Rind Pickles

INSTRUCTIONS: (numbers correspond to the numbered sections of the Brenda collage above)

1.  Cut watermelon in half.  Scoop out the red part

2.  Cut the rind into strips about an inch wide

3.  Cut the green skin off each piece of rind

4.  Cut the rind into bite-size pieces

5.  Once the rind is all cut up you should have a pretty good pot full.  I actually transferred my rinds into a large ceramic bowl to set overnight instead of leaving them in the metal pot.

6. Cover the rind pieces with sugar (do not stir).  Use regular, white, granulated sugar.

7.  Make sure the sugar covers every piece.  Let the rinds sit, uncovered, on the counter for 8 hours or overnight (do not stir).  The next morning you will see that the sugar has leached the liquid out of the rinds and has formed a sort of wet crust on top.

8.  Pour the liquid and rinds into a large pot and bring to a boil on the stove.  (I added about a dozen small, really spicy jalapenos from my garden (stems removed, chopped up), plus one lemon sliced, two cinnamon sticks, and about a heaping tablespoon of Ball Pickling Spice – which I added to a reusable tea bag, and let it all cook together on a medium boil for about 2 hours or so. 

It will cook down quite a bit.  The rinds need to cook until they are translucent.  Sometimes it is hard to tell if they are translucent while they are boiling, so I remove a piece from the pot and let it cool to see.  Once the pickles are translucent, they are ready to be jarred, but in the meantime, while the rinds are still cooking, it’s a perfect time to get the your jars ready.

Get a few clean jars with lids and place them in a pot of water.  *I used old olive jars that I had saved, and their lids, and to my utter amazement they actually sealed when they cooled. 

To prepare the jars, bring water to a boil in a large pot on the stove and keep it at a simmer.  Let the jars and lids simmer together while the pickles finish cooking, until you are ready to use them.  Use tongs to take one jar at a time out of the boiling water, tip it upside down to drain it well, and then place it upright on a towel near the pot of pickles. 

9.  Use a canning funnel and ladle to fill the jars with pickles.  Fill the jars almost to the rim, but leave about a half inch of headspace.  Clean the rim of the jars with a clean, wet paper towel so that there is nothing sticky or any pieces of pickle on it. This will ensure that the lid seals properly so no oxygen gets inside to spoil the contents.

10. Using tongs, take a lid from the boiling water, tap off the water, and place the lid on the jar.  Screw the lid on hand tight.  Set the jars back away from the heat, or on a wire rack, and allow them to cool until the lids seal.

Since these pickles are not being water-bath canned, and because I used previously used lids instead of brand new canning lids and rings, it is safest to keep the pickles in the refrigerator.  If you would like to make some that are guaranteed safe for long term storage, here is the Ball Blue Book recipe:

I would recommend using Brenda’s pickles within a month, which is no problem when the goal for making them is to also make Mrs. Adams’ Chicken Salad (recipe below).  These pickles are so delicious just to snack on, as you would any other type of pickled veggies.  They are sweet and spicy and I can’t wait for you to try them. Brenda says that she first tried these as preserves spread on a buttered biscuit, accompanying a steak dinner she and her husband dined out on at a restaurant.  I tried them that way and they are delicious. My grandmother always had them around as a side for meals and snacks.  She always added whole cloves to hers while they were cooking, along with cinnamon sticks.  I like the Ball pickling spices, it has all the spices in it. And the cinnamon stick, jalapeno, and lemon rind just makes them perfect.

Mrs. Adams’ Crunchy Turkey/Chicken Salad

Original recipe courtesy of the Ladies of Grace Bible Baptist church (Casper, Wyoming), Favorite Recipes cookbook, published 2002 by Morris Press Cookbooks.  I modified her recipe slightly to avoid any copyright liabilities.

4 cups cooked turkey or chicken, pulled and chopped into bite-size pieces

1½ cups chopped celery

3/4 cup chopped green onion

1 (20-oz) jar of watermelon rind pickles, drained (if liquidy) and chopped

1 (5-oz) bag slivered almonds

1½ to 2 cups Mayonnaise, as preferred

The juice of 1 lemon (or a Tablespoon of bottled lemon juice)

½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1½ teaspoons salt, or more to taste

2 Tablespoons Curry Powder (I used Hot Madras), more or less to taste

2 cups Chow Mein Noodles (wait to add until just before serving)

Toss turkey/chicken with the next 4 ingredients until well incorporated.  Mix the mayo, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and curry powder together and pour over chicken. Mix well. Add more mayo if a creamier texture is desired.  Add more salt, pepper, curry powder – if more is desired.  Cover tightly and keep refrigerated until ready to serve.  Stir in chow mein noodles just before serving.  Great dish to bring to a church pot luck, Bowling pot luck, Bunco night, cards, dominoes, or other game night get-togethers.  If you are a grandma and live in the same town as your kids and grandkids, take a batch over to them to be a blessing after a long day at work. Can be made up to 12 hours before serving. Add the chow mein noodles just before serving.

“Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” Matthew 6:11-12

Theme Luncheons for Every Month of the Year

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Theme Luncheons for Every Month of the Year

Planning a luncheon?  Here are twelve personally tested plans, complete with posters, menus, decorating and music suggestions, and recipes for a complete meal, along with desserts and beverages, paired with matching activities, for small, medium, or large groups.

The posters featured for each party can be printed and posted in a break-room or mailroom of your workplace, or if your gathering is non-work related, they can be printed and used as paper invitations and individually mailed out.  Or they can be posted in a closed-group on Facebook, texted to your guests, or emailed.

SEPTEMBER

 Theme 1:  Back to School Picnic

If the weather still permits in your neck of the woods, consider making this an outdoor event.  Either dress up some picnic tables outside, or lay down large blankets on an area of lawn, under a big shade tree.  If the weather does not permit, dress up the indoors to look like a picnic.  Place a few fans for cool breezes, and set up a CD player with a sounds of nature CD – I personally love anything featuring the Rocky Mountains.

Sounds of the Rocky Mountains

Dan Gibson’s Solitudes, Rocky Mountains Suite

Rocky Mountain Rain

Sounds of Yellowstone (and check out all the “National Park Series” Nature Sounds CDs)

Decorations:  Red checkered tablecloths, with centerpieces of baskets of apples, hand bells, cups full of sharpened pencils, and slates with sticks of chalk laid across each.

Table Games and Diversions:   Pose trivia questions from the game, Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader, available as an APP (google play or apple store) for your phone.

Luncheon:

September Luncheon

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OCTOBER

Theme 1:   Peanuts, It’s the Great Pumpkin

Decorations:   Cover the tables with earthtone tableclothes (plain brown, plain orange, plain hunter green, plain yellow, etc.).  Create centerpieces with Hobby Lobby scarecrows, small pumpkins, Indian corn, corn stalk bundles, small decorative garden rakes, and colorful fall  leaves (paper).

Go with the Peanuts Great Pumpkin Theme for the paper plates, napkins, etc., and for background music play a nice piano music CD.  OR, Amazon even sells the Peanuts Movie Sountrack, and Peanuts music CD’s featured in the cartoons.

Table Games and Diversions:   Get a fall scene puzzle started for people to work on as they eat, and drink, and chit-chat.  OR, print several puzzles (secret codes, sudukus, riddles, Hangman, mazes, etc.) and place on the tables for guests to solve.

Luncheon:

October Luncheon

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NOVEMBER

Theme 1:  Pilgrims and Thanksgiving harvest theme

Decorations:  Pilgrims, Indians, and Mayflower ships, Cornucopias filled with corn, gourds, pumpkins, etc. and turkeys.

Music: We Gather Together by Craig Duncan is a wonderful choice, or Thanksgiving – Windham Hill collection, or try several others that will pop up when you do an Amazon search.

Table Games and Diversions:  Cover the tables in light colored paper and leave colored Crayola markers around for people to randomly jot down things they are thankful for.  Or, look for disposable Thanksgiving tablecloths at the party stores with puzzles and coloring images all over them.

Luncheon:

November Luncheon

Theme 2:  Elections

Decorations:  Patriotic with Democrat and Republican symbols

Table Games and Diversions:  Election trivia and candidate profiles, absentee & voter regristration cards.

Music:  God Bless America: The Ultimate Patriotic Album, American Patriot Lee Greenwood, Why I Love Her John WayneGod Bless The USA – 17 Inspirational Songs Of Faith & Freedom From Today’s Top Country Artists .

Luncheon:  Lasagnas (meat, chicken, veggie), garlic toast, green salads, Italian Sodas, red and white grape juices served in wine glasses, Italian Cream Cake

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DECEMBER

Theme 1:  Christmas Tea

Decorations:  Find or make little stockings for each guest and fill with a candy cane or other small gift and use to decorate the tree.  Bring in a CD player and a variety of Christmas music that will appeal to everyone’s taste and play it continuously.  Stew some good smelling potpourri in a crock-pot.

Table Games and Diversions:  Scatter Christmas Trivia cards around on the tables.

Luncheon:

4. December Luncheon

Zuppa Toscana Soup

*Assortment of Christmas Cookies & various flavors of teas

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JANUARY

Theme 1:  Football Tailgate Party

Decorations:  Cover the tables with green yardage line tablecloths.  Pile footballs, pennants, and pompoms in the center for decoration.

Add some excitement with an NFL Power and Glory CD, or the more recent NFL Films Original Music by David Robidoux Promotional Release (2007),  Fox Sports Presents: Game Time! ~ Various Artists,  Stadium Anthems: Music for the Fans ~ Various Artists, and ABC Monday Night Football Jamz ~ Various Artists.

Table Games and Diversions:  Fold little paper “footballs” for each table and show your guests how to play table football, using their fingers for goal posts.  See how to play at wiki-how or better still…watch this You Tube video.

Luncheon:  Three varieties of Chili (red, green, and white chicken), plus a buffet of toppings (green onions, cheese, sour cream, chopped jalapenos, etc.).  Serve non-alcoholic beers, sodas, and Mug Cakes for dessert.  (click here for chili recipes) or (click here for mug cake recipe)

Flier shown below was from a luncheon where the Super Bowl was being played in San Francisco so I went with the foods from that area.  It was Peyton Manning’s last game, and Michael Ohr (whose story is told in the movie Blind Side) played for the Carolina Panthers in this match-up.

*Ask everyone to wear his or her sports team shirts or colors.

5. January Luncheon

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FEBRUARY

Theme 1:  Academy Awards & Hollywood Walk of Fame

This is a great theme to do to honor your guests.  Make them the stars of the party!

Decorations:  Cover the table in Black, Silver, and Gold table cloths.  Put centerpieces of film reels, film strip, movie trivia cards, clapboards and balloon bouquets.  Hang gold stars and spot light and camera decorations from the ceiling.    Roll out a red carpet from the entrance of the room to the center.  Make a Hollywood Walk-of-Fame star tile for each guest with their name on it.

Music: Beautiful Hollywood was my choice!

Games and Diversions:  Lay out several packets of sticky notes and pens.  Ask guests to write compliments for the other guests on the sticky  notes and place them on each person’s star.   Let each guest take their Walk-of-Fame stars home.

Luncheon:  Decorate the buffet with a sign that says, “Studio Commissary.” Recipes for this luncheon can be found here.

February Luncheon

Theme 2:  Valentine’s Day

Decorations: Cover the tables in pink paper with sheer lace over the top.  Toss around rich red paper hearts, heart shaped boxes of chocolate, rose peddles, and cupid and heart shaped balloons.  Set up the boom box with CD’s of romantic love songs.

Games and Diversions:  Set out the makings for valentines, red construction paper, white lace, little stickers and stick-on jewels, Cupids, small dowel rods and arrow heads and fletching that can be attached to the ends after it is woven through the heart, black sharpie markers.  Ask everyone to participate in a Valentine exchange, just like the kids do at school.  Everybody makes a special box for their place at the table, and everyone deposits special “Valentine” notes into each person’s box (compliments, jokes, poems, thank-you notes, etc.).  Also, put everyone’s name in a hat and have each person draw out one name to be a secret pal to for the next six months.

Luncheon:   Gazpacho soup or Borscht (hot or cold), heart-shaped shrimp sandwiches, Strawberry smoothies or white sparkling cider, Red Velvet Cake for dessert.

BORSCHT

8 cups beef broth

1 pound cooked tender beef stew meat or sliced Kielbasa

1 large onion, peeled, quartered

4 large beets, peeled, chopped

1 leek chopped

3 stalks celery sliced

4 carrots, peeled, chopped

1 large russet potato, peeled, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

2 cups thinly sliced cabbage

1 14 oz. can stewed tomatoes

3/4 cup chopped fresh dill (or parsley)

3 Tbsp red wine vinegar (or lemon juice)

1 cup sour cream

Salt and pepper to taste

1 Bring 4 cups of the beef broth, the beef stew meat, and onion to boil in large pot. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer about 30 minutes.

2 Add remaining 4 cups broth, beets, leek, celery, carrots, and potato; bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer until vegetables are tender, about 30 minutes.

3 Stir in meat, cabbage and 1/2 cup dill; cook until cabbage is tender, about 15 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Stir in vinegar.

Ladle soup into bowls. Top with sour cream and remaining 1/4 cup dill.

Serves 6

GAZPACHO

3 cups tomatoes, red ripe, seeded and diced
2 cups red bell pepper, diced medium
2 cups red onions, diced medium
1/2 cup celery, diced medium
2 cups cucumber, diced medium
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
2 cups organic vegetable juice
pinch cayenne
1 teaspoon cumin

1 Mix diced tomato, peppers, red onions, celery and cucumber together in a medium bowl.

2 Divide the mixture in half and separate in two bowls.
3 Add garlic to one of the bowls and empty into blender. Add vinegar to the blender and puree until smooth.
4 Add the vegetable juice, cayenne and cumin to the blender. Blend.
5 Add the puree to the bowl of diced vegetables.
6 Refrigerate overnight. Garnish with lemon and cilantro.

Serves 8

SHRIMP LUNCHEON SANDWICHES

1 small package (3 ounces) cream cheese

2 tablespoons mayonnaise

1 tablespoon ketchup

1 teaspoon prepared mustard

dash garlic powder

1 cup chopped cooked cleaned shrimp

1/4 cup finely chopped celery

1 teaspoon grated onion

20 to 40 slices white sandwich bread, lightly buttered

Blend cream cheese with mayonnaise; blend in the ketchup, mustard, and garlic powder. Stir in shrimp, celery, and grated onion. Use as a filling spread only in the center of two slices of sandwich bread.  Or if you can squeeze two cookie cutter cuttings out of a slice of bread, spread the filling in each of the opposing corners of the bread.  Use a heart shaped cookie cutter to cut the sandwiches out.  Toss the scraps.  Makes about 1 cup of shrimp sandwich filling, for about 20 sandwiches.

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MARCH

Theme 1: Saint Patrick’s Day (Lucky Leprechaun Theme)

Decorations:  Cover the tables in light green table cloths or paper.  Cut out dozens of various sized dark green shamrocks from construction paper.  On each shamrock write an Irish blessing.  Scatter these blessings around on the tables.  Set out small black kettles filled with gold foil covered chocolate coins.  Set up a CD player with Irish pub music, or Celtic music, or Riverdance music playing.

Table Games and Diversions:  Ask your guests to choose one Irish Blessing from the table.  Have each guest stand and recite their blessing to the other luncheon guests in their best Irish accents.

Luncheon:  (Reuben Sandwich recipe)  (Strawberry Scones recipe)

March Luncheon

Theme 2:  Easter  (If it falls in March)

Decorations:  nests with colored eggs in them, and pans of real green grass with eggs nestled in them.

Table Games and Diversions:  Print out several famous lines from various Bible movies and let guest guess the movie and actor who said it.

   Host an Easter Egg Hunt.  Pick the day, maybe the Thursday before Good Friday.  The night before, go and hide plastic eggs all over the building.  Hide some in each person’s desk and more in the break room.  Tuck little jellybeans, Hershey kisses, and/or cute notes (fortunes or blessings) inside the eggs.  Place a small paper basket on each person’s desk with a note inviting him or her to the Easter egg hunt at a specific time.  The instructions should tell them that eggs have been hidden in their personal space and in the break room and that all they find are theirs.  Also inform them that the person who finds the most eggs will win a special prize so that they need to put their number found next to their name on the poster in the break room.  This is a lot less work if you can find an accomplice to share the labor and expense with you.  The prize can be anything you want: car wash tokens, movie passes, pizza gift certificate, post-it notes and colored pens, a pedicure/manicure, etc.

Luncheon:  March Luncheon2

APRIL

Theme 1: April Showers Garden Party

Decorations: Cover the tables with light blue paper and set rubber duckies and rubber boots as centerpieces, filled with Tulips, Daffodils, and Hyacinth.   Play a CD of The Sound of Summer Rain, and Thundering Rainstorm.

Table Games and Diversions:  Purchase a small clay pot for each employee and let each guest fill a pot with small fish aquarium pebbles.  Let them then attach an imitation flower to a pen with floral tape, and then poke the pens down into the pebbles.  Each guest now has their own little pen pot.

Luncheon:

April Luncheon

Theme 2: April Fools

Decorations:   Cover the tables with Newspaper.  Toss several gag type props around on the tables (silly eye goggles, mustaches, big wax lips, silly hats, etc.)

Music: Try a parody music CD like Forbidden Broadway 2001 a Spoof Odyssey, Best of  Allan Sherman, or The Smothers Brothers.

Table Games and Diversions:  Monkey See, Monkey Do!  Discretely tape a monkey to the bottom of one person’s chair.  The person who finds the monkey under their chair during the luncheon must do something nice for someone AND and then cleverly hide the monkey in someone else’s desk or chair somewhere else in the building. Keep the game going all month.  The person who receives the monkey pays the nice deed forward and discretely passes the monkey on.

Luncheon:  (See recipes here) and (here)  (pictured below in clockwise order: Bundt Pan Stuffed Pepperoni Pizza with Mozzerella “Icing,” Shepherd’s Pie Meatloaf cupcakes with beet juice colored mashed potatoes for frosting, Yellow cake with “speghetti” piped frosting/Ferrero Rocher Hazelnut chocolate meatballs/Red Berry Jam drizzled as “speghetti” sauce, Chex Puppy Chow in a pet bowl, Fish crackers in a fish bowl. 

April Fools Grub

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MAY 

Theme 1: Cinco de Mayo – Fiesta

Decorations:  Cover the tables with Mexican blankets, Use sombreros, piñatas, maracas, ponchos, and pottery for centerpieces.  Also have a nice mariachi band playing on the CD player for ambience.

Table Games and Diversions:   Learn Spanish words by scattering Lotería cards around on the tables.  Play Lotería after or during luncheon.

Luncheon:  

May Luncheon

Theme 2:  Mother’s Day

Decorations:  cover the tables in pretty floral tablecloths with lace tablecloths layered over.  Use teapots and teacups and little wrapped tea bags for centerpieces.

Table Games and Diversions:  Honor the MOMS.  Ask each of the staff to bring a picture of their mom that we can post on the Guess Who? Board.  Each photo will have a number on the front of it so staff members can guess what mother goes with which staff member.

Luncheon:   Make your own sandwich bar with assorted breads, cold cuts, cheeses, condiments, lettuce, sprouts, sliced tomatoes, cucumbers, etc., a large veggie tray, potato chips, assorted beverages, and Indoor Smores for dessert.

Indoor smores

Make Smores INDOORS… Place sterno cans into metal candle holders, set on coasters, remove lids and light with a BBQ lighter. Place graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate bars in serving dishes set between the sterno cans. Let your guests skewer a marshmallow with a kabob skewer and then roast over sterno flame until toasted. Use a canning jar magnet to replace lids on sterno cans to extinguish the fire. Let sterno cans sit until completely cooled before packing up.

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JUNE

Theme 1:  Beach Party

Decorations:  Cover the tables with large colorful beach towels.  Use beach balls, flip flops, Frisbees, sand box toys as centerpieces.  Play a CD of Beach Boys music on continuous play, or a Sounds of Nature Ocean Waves CD.

Table Games and Diversions: Guessing Jars.  Set a large jar filled with items (jelly beans, peanut M&Ms, paperclips, teabags, etc.) on each table and let guests turn in one guess each for the jar on their table.  The one closest to the right number wins the jar.

Luncheon:

June Luncheon

Theme 2:  Father’s Day

Decorations: Cover the tables in brown paper.  Use tackle boxes, fishing lures, and nets for centerpieces.  Hang a sign on the door that says, “Gone Fishing.”

Have several tall-tale fishing stories printed out on paper that you can lay around.  Have the guys bring pictures of their big catches that you can post on a board.

Table Games and Diversions:  Set out a half dozen of those electronic fishing games, that look like the handle of a fishing pole with a rod and reel, that you cast and then watch the video screen to see if you caught anything.  Ask around… you probably have a few people on staff that have one and will donate it to the lounge for a month.

Luncheon:   Fish and Chips.  Bake up several batches of battered fish and fat French fries.  Offer lemon wedges, tartar sauce, and malt vinegar as condiments.  Brew up some fresh sun tea and lemonade.  And indoor smores for dessert.

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JULY

Theme 1:  Red/White/Blue

Decorations:  Anything flag-like or military, or founding fathers.  Play a patriotic music CD.

Table Games and Diversions:  Have a frog-jumping contest using plastic frogs. Have a picnic with various yard games set up (sack races, three-legged races, hula hoop contest, croquet, Frisbee, volleyball). 

Luncheon:    Do a Salad Bar, canned soda pop (in coolers), and serve popsicles for dessert.

July Luncheon

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AUGUST

Theme 1:  Dog days of Summer

Decorations: anything dog related, stuffed animal dogs, collars, dog food bowls, leashes, obedience school ads, rolled up newspapers, fire hydrants, etc.

Table Games and Diversions: Dog trivia : funny dog names, famous dogs and dogs of movies stars, dog tricks.  How many words can you make from the word Dashhund, or German Shepherd, or Wiemeriner, or Catahoula, etc.

Luncheon: Hot Dog Bar (with all the trimmings/toppings)

August Lunceon

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