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Be 'Brave' and host a Scottish party

The royal family is central to the film: triplets Harris, Hubert and Hamish, Princess Merida, King Fergus and Queen Elinor.

To celebrate Disney Pixar's movie Brave, in theaters now, Ricky Eisen, founder of New York's Events and Celebrations by Between the Bread, is sharing tips on how to throw a Scottish-themed party, with decor, menu ideas and recipes.

Menu: Scottish smoked salmon is world-renowned and a versatile appetizer. Use it when making mini quiche, canapes and tartlets.

Dessert is the most fun. Can you have a Scottish party without shortbread? Dip a corner in chocolate and cover with chopped nuts or sprinkles for a fun twist. And, of course, make delicious Empire Biscuits to add a traditional touch.

A neat trick is to add Scotch to any baked dessert. Keep in mind that when adding liquor you'll need to add it before the cooking or baking process is completed so that the alcohol evaporates.

Another dessert idea is to add Scotch to store-made caramel syrup or butterscotch. Blend well in sauce pan over medium flame and pour warm over vanilla ice cream.

Decor: Many people may associate Scotland with the tartans that the country is so recognized for. The plaids represent clans or families. Choose a tartan you like for a table runner. You can then pull colors from this pattern and use it in your decor, candles, and centerpiece. Much of Scotland is beautiful countryside, so use earthy, lush greens in your decor and centerpiece to create a rustic feel. Heather is a Scottish shrub and complements some of the tartan patterns. Add river stones and moss to the table decor to enhance the outdoorsy feeling.