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, 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

Perfect Roast Turkey 101

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This recipe yields a plump and regal roast turkey, with crisp, golden-brown skin and an aroma to match.

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. 

Pumpkin Cheesecake

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We took the pumpkin out of the pie and baked it into a rich and creamy cheesecake; it's an especially memorable ending to a holiday meal.

Turkey Brine

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Keeping your bird juicy isn't that hard—all you need is the right seasoning and a really large fridge. Brining is the first step in our roasted turkey recipe.

Pull-Apart Garlic Bread

You can make this no-knead herbed garlic bread a day in advance, but the pillowy loaves are even better warm from the oven. For an illustrated how-to on the process, see our step-by-step photos.

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.
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Inspiration and Ideas

18 Thanksgiving Table Settings Sure to Wow Your Guests
Here's how to decorate your Thanksgiving table with stylish flair. We have dozens of ideas for holiday table settings including place cards, centerpieces, place mats, and more that'll make your bird that much more of a showstopper.
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.

Classic Brined and Roasted Turkey

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Brined to retain moisture, then basted with butter and wine while roasting, this turkey, the centerpiece of the Thanksgiving meal, is golden and juicy. The bird is brined for 24 hours, so leave plenty of time for this recipe. If you don't brine yours, skip steps one and two.