Choosing a theme for your lunch party also makes it easier to decorate and plan the menu, whether you are planning a formal Victorian motif or a casual summer celebration.
Around the Web, discover more great ideas for fabulous lunch gatherings with minimal expenses and even less wear and tear on the host or hostess...
More luncheon party ideas around the Web:
Throw a Lunch Party - Check out good, overall planning strategies, with tips on serving a light menu and drinks, choosing a theme, and turning mundane dishes into fancier fare.
Mother's Day Lunch Recipes - From the Food Network, with expert tips on menu planning including recipes for everything from light fare to a hearty multi-course celebration.
The New Ladies Lunch - Browse through the slideshow for a modern update on the traditional ladies lunch with mouthwatering photos plus complete recipes to feature at your next lunch party, from SouthernLiving.com
Volunteer Luncheon Recipes - Find a complete Southern style menu for rallying the troops with recipes for sandwiches, salads and dessert.