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A Texas Barbecue Dinner Club Theme Party

Setting the Stage and Menu

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Texas Barbecue Dancing

Donna Pilato

Setting the Stage

You can set the mood for a Texas barbecue in a number of ways. Decorating with a red-checked tablecloth, western style bandanas for napkins, and sheriff's stars used as party favors or place cards will help to set the stage. Naturally, a Texas flag should be hung behind your buffet.

Music will also help to put your guests in the Texas spirit. "Cowboy Songs" Compare Prices by Texan Michael Martin Murphey are perfect for music during your Texas theme party. For a more mellow sound, you can play Lyle Lovett's "The Road to Ensenada" Compare Prices, featuring Lovett's quirky, often humorous songwriting and tongue-in-cheek delivery. Favorite songs include "Don't Touch My Hat", which could be called "Ode to a Stetson", "Long, Tall Texan", and "That's Right, You're Not From Texas". For something a little edgier, try either Terry Allen's "Lubbock On Everything" Compare Prices, which includes his classic, often-covered "Amarillo Highway" or any of Robert Earl Keen's albums Compare Prices, especially "No. 2 Live Diner", "West Textures", or "Gringo Honeymoon", which includes the song, "Barbeque".

For other entertainment you could hire a trick roper - entertaining for both kids and adults. Or you could play some Cowboy poetry, such as the recordings of Baxter Black. He is the most famous large animal veterinarian/cowboy poet and is frequently heard on National Public Radio. If you can find a local cowboy poet, he would be a great addition to the party - use the Cowboy Poets' Society to find a local artist. This page has a list of cowboy poets by location, including Florida, Maryland, California, and North Carolina: http://www.cowboyrudy.com/cbyptsoc.htm or send an email to the Western Folk life Center at wfc@westernfolklife.org and see if they can assist you.

Ask among your friends to find a guitarist or pianist to sing and play cowboy songs for you. A good piano songbook is My 1st Book of Cowboy Songs Compare Prices. A good guitar songbook is Mel Bay Presents Cowboy Songs for Acoustic Guitar Compare Prices.

A Texas Barbecue Menu

Texas Style Smoked Brisket and Pork Ribs Both served with a tasty barbecue sauce.

Pickled jalapenos, okra, and cherry peppers. Sliced onions and dilled pickles.

Cheddar Corn Casserole

Sweet Potato and Apple Casserole

Crispy Fried Okra

Texas CornBread

Fresh Blackberry Cobbler served with vanilla ice cream

Iced Tea

Lone Star Beer

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