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 Recipes That Are Perfect for Entertaining—Including Everything from Appetizers to Desserts

The holidays can be a bit overwhelming but we are here to help. Whether it’s a starter, dinner, or sweet, these fast recipes are sure to get the party started.

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. 

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.

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.

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Last-Minute Party Decorations You Can Make in Minutes

It's 6:00pm, and your friends let you know they might "drop by" for dinner. Next thing you know, you've got a head count of more than 10 and you're hosting the shebang of the century. How to jazz up this fete? Make these fast and easy decorations and you'll look like you've been planning this party for years.

Learn How Set a Creative, Fall-Inspired Tablescape That Isn't Overtly Seasonal

Think beyond autumn's signature color palette and motifs.