Burns Night Party and Invitation Ideas

Cat Ridgeway By Cat Ridgeway, 28th Dec 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Burns Night Party and Invitation Ideas
Celebrate Robert Burns birthday with haggis, neeps and tatties on 25th January, and invite your guests to ....

Burns Night Party and Invitation Ideas

Burns Night Party and Invitation Ideas
Celebrate Robert Burns birthday with haggis, neeps and tatties on 25th January and…

1) Encourage fancy dress: ‘As Scottish as you like like’. Your guests will interpret this in a variety of ways, from a modest tartan bowtie to hiring full regimental formal dress uniform.

2) Encourage headgear: buy cheap ‘hey jimmy’ hats from a party accessories supplier and enclose one with each invitation, with wording such as -

“Though we’re celebrating Rabbie Burns, yer challenge isnae poetry. . . . it’s millinery.

Attached tae this invite ye’ll find a classic example o’ Scottish headgear for
yous tae express yersel’ wi’ . . . . an’ er’ll be a PRIZE on the Night fer the best
decorated, embellished, reworked, reinterpreted or whitever.

Dress code: a’ sorts o’ hats, bunnets, tam o’shanters…
No hat? Extra haggis.”

This will inspire a range of decoration including glitter, feathers, Tunnocks caramel wafer wrappers and a compete set of drones, mouthpiece and chanter – bagpipes as headgear!

3) Encourage poetry: Rabbie Burns sets the standard high, encourage your guests to aim for Scotland’s other National Poet, William McGonagall, 1825 – 1902, “so giftedly bad he backed unwittingly into genius”

An Invitation on the Occasion of Burns Night on 25th January

Haggis, neeps and tatties is on the menu
(Insert your address) is the venue
Apologies for this lamentable doggerel
Not Rabbie’s style – more like William McGonagall
The infamous poet from Dundee
Who has inspired this challenge in the art of poetry
You’re welcome to reply in verse
(This is getting worse and worse)
A prize awaits the best reply …
( .... etc)

Recitations of the best replies to follow on the Night.

4) Encourage cookery: invite each guest to reply with a suggestion in the style of Scottish cuisine. Of course, this ranges from the finest, includes the haggis pizza … and plumbs the depths of the deep-fried Mars Bar.


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