This year is the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns, so if you've ever fancied having a Burns Night Party - now is the time to do it. As parties go, it is one of the easiest to organize because there is a long established format to follow. You don't need a piper to herald the arrival of the haggis and you certainly don't need to be Scottish - all you need is a Scottish themed meal and a bunch of friends who are willing to try something new.
As it's a special year Homecoming Scotland are inviting everyone to take part in the global celebration and they've produced a downloadable pack with all the menus, invitations, poems, toasts and advice that you should need. Just register here: www.burnssupper2009.com
You should also look at this BBC page, which is packed full of ideas and info. The
link is www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/history/burnsnight/suppers
You'll find everything you need to know, from info about Robert Burns to how to cook haggis and how to
address it (to find out what addressing the haggis means, you'll need to look at the website!)