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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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!).

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. 

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.
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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.