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Subtle Touches Can Carry off a Dance Theme

Attendance was good at the Checkerboard Squares recent “dog days of summer” dance. The club carried off the “dog days” theme by serving hot dogs. But a special dessert wins first prize for creativity: A club member made peanut butter cookies, and cut them out with a dog bone-shaped cookie cutter. She served the cookies in a new blue dog dish she bought at Dollar Tree. (She assured us she washed the bowl.)

At first, diners shyed away from the dog dish. But when club members started munching the tasty treats, visitors began emptying the bowl. 

Folks seemed to have a great time at the dance. But I’m guessing that what they will still remember a year from now will be that dog dish full of bone-shaped cookies. 

A little creativity is most important for carrying off a successful dance theme.

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