Dinner Party Ideas

We've put together a collection of dinner party ideas, recipes, menu ideas, and preparation tips. Browse our collection of impressive appetizers, main dishes, side dish recipes, as well as desserts that end the meal with wow factor. Also get advice on what wines to pour, classic cocktail recipes to serve, and how to create a signature drink.

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Your Guide to Creating a Deliciously Balanced Menu for Your Next Dinner Party
We're sharing expert advice for planning and pulling off a meal to remember (in all the good ways).
These Quick and Easy Recipes—Which Include Everything From Appetizers to Desserts—Are Perfect for Entertaining
Planning a party is always fun, but it's also time-consuming—prep work will keep you very busy. We're here to help you keep the joy and reduce the stress associated with entertaining: Whether you're looking for some nibbles for a cocktail party, easy dinners to celebrate friends and family coming to town, or sweets for a holiday fête, our quick recipes for entertaining are exactly what you need for a streamline soirée. Our collection includes quick appetizers to make when company is coming (or to make ahead!), fast entrées that are perfect for entertaining and easy to put together, and speedy desserts that sweeten all kinds of occasions. Use these recipes to round out a menu of your favorite dishes—or build a menu around them.
27 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.
How to Set a Formal Dinner Table
The art of table setting is actually simple once you understand a few basics. Treat your guests to a beautifully set table. 
30 No-Cook Appetizers for Super-Easy Entertaining
No stove, no oven, no problem! These no-cook appetizer recipes are proof that you don't need heat to make a scrumptious starter.

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Make-Ahead Dinner Party: A Cozy Winter Menu for 6
This elegant, easier-than-it-looks feast is perfect for a holiday party or any cold-weather special occasion.
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.
How to Host a Murder Mystery Dinner at Home While Maintaining Social Distancing

It's a classic case of "whodunnit" that involves picking a them, assigning roles to everyone in the family, and preparing a decadent spread. And you can do it safely at home right now.