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).
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. 
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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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.
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.
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.