Dinner Party Recipes

Start out your dinner party with a few appetizer recipes and finger foods such as oysters, shrimp cocktail, pierogis, olives, and bacon-wrapped anything. We also have tons of quick dinner party recipes and a slew of dinner party menus.

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Quick and Easy Appetizers That Make Entertaining a Breeze

From classy three-ingredient canapés for a cocktail party to lightning-fast dips for game day, we're sharing a selection of super-easy appetizers guaranteed to get any party started. All have either six-ingredients or fewer, take less than 15 minutes to prep, or can be made-ahead (sometimes, it's all three!).

35 One-Pan Meals Just Right for Dinner Tonight

One pan, pot, skillet, or Instant Pot is all you need to for these no-fuss family dinners, including salmon, pasta, pot roast, chili, and so much more.
By Victoria Spencer

30 Easy Potluck Recipes for All Kinds of Parties

Whether you're in charge of bringing a small bite, a crowd-pleasing side, a hearty main dish, or a sweet ending, these impressive (and impressively simple) potluck recipes will be the star of the spread. They can all be made ahead and are delicious served at room temperature, so the first guest will be just as happy as the last.
By Lynn Andriani

Make-Ahead Cold Appetizer Recipes for the Busy Hostess

You know what we love about cold appetizers? No last-minute baking, sauteing, simmering, or frying! These recipes can be prepared ahead of time so you can enjoy your party.

Vegetarian Recipes for Entertaining

Whether or not there will be vegetarians in the mix at your next gathering, these special-occasion recipes will delight and satisfy everyone at the table.

14 Roast Beef Recipes for Any Holiday Dinner

Prime rib, standing rib roast, and beef tenderloin are special-occasion cuts that are perfectly suited to the holiday table. All these roasts need is a simple seasoning rub to add to their already mouthwatering flavor, and an easy pan sauce or a dish of horseradish cream on the side.
By Kelly Vaughan

No-Bake Cheesecake

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There are certain days during the summer when the last place anyone wants to be is in a hot kitchen. But that's when kids can come to the rescue, making a delicious dessert for the whole family without ever having to ask their parents to turn on the oven. This no-bake cheesecake is sure to please with its creamy center. 

Basic Chicken Soup

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Everyone has their own favorite chicken soup recipe, but rarely have so few ingredients added up to so much comfort. This version has classic flavors and, thanks to a simplified method, cooks more quickly than traditional chicken soups (the dish is ready in a little over an hour). There's no need to make a separate stock; the vegetables and meat form their own satisfying broth.

No-Bake Key Lime Cheesecake

This easy mousse-like treat blends the tartness of Key lime pie with the richness of cheesecake. Its graham-cracker crust sets in the freezer rather than the oven, and the traditional whipped-cream topping is folded right into the filling, along with fresh citrus juice and zest, cream cheese, and sweetened condensed milk. Chill it overnight, and wake up to a world of bliss.

Easy Steamed Artichokes

These leafy, mild-flavored veggies get at the heart of spring. Our method for steaming artichokes could not be easier, but the result is an impressive, delicious side dish.

Perfect Roast Chicken

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The almost universal appeal of roasted chicken stems from its power to comfort. The ideal roasted chicken recipe will leave your chicken golden brown and gleaming, tender, and juicy. The crackle of chicken as it roasts and the wondrous aroma that perfumes the kitchen provoke a feeling of satisfaction and fulfillment.

Easy Creamed Spinach

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Our take on the classic creamed spinach side dish uses fresh spinach and cream cheese as a thickener. It's a crowd pleasing recipe that's popular with both young and old.
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Inspiration and Ideas

How to Fold a Napkin in 10 Beautiful Ways

Know when to wrap 'em, when to twist 'em up, and when to go for fun. We're talking about napkins, of course. They're the easiest, most elegant way to dress up your place settings—and they add a big serving of personality to your table, too. To inspire you, we present over a dozen ways to spiff up a plain napkin.

23 Recipe Ideas Inspired by Our Favorite Movies

"Julie and Julia" brought French cooking to the forefront of moviegoers' minds, but it's far from the first film in which food plays a pivotal role. Here, we honor 23 classic eating and drinking scenes, along with our recipes, so you can re-create the magic at home.

Simple Crostini

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Crostini are perfect spooned high with your pick of toppings.