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!).

36 One-Pan Meals Just Right for Dinner Tonight

One pan, pot, skillet, or Instant Pot is all you need to make these no-fuss family dinners, which include recipes for 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.

20 Fabulous Vegetarian Main Course and Side Dish 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.
By Kelly Vaughan

14 Roast Beef Recipes for Any Holiday Dinner

Prime rib, rib roast, and beef tenderloin are special-occasion cuts that are perfectly suited to the holiday table.
By Kelly Vaughan

No-Bake Cheesecake

Rating: 3.5 stars 1833
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

Rating: 3.5 stars 377
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.

Lemony Angel Food Cake

Rating: 3.5 stars 136
Remember Mom's heavenly angel food cake? Ours has the same ethereal texture (due to egg whites) but with a bright burst of lemon flavor, thanks to fresh juice and zest. Fluffy citrus cream frosting and pretty candied lemon "daffodils" make it an even more memorable dessert.

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.

Watermelon Salad with Feta and Basil

Rating: 3 stars 244
In this summery salad, sweet watermelon is the perfect foil for tangy feta cheese.

Classic Cream Puffs

The foundation of the perfect cream puff is light, airy pâte à choux, which is made with eggs, flour, and butter. Once the cream puffs are shaped and baked, they're filled with a rich homemade pastry cream.
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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.
Grilled Striped Bass
Rating: 3.5 stars 278

We serve the fillets over our Corn and Clam Chowder Sauce, but they are also delicious on their own, with just a sprinkling of lemon juice.