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40 Easy and Simple Crowd-pleasing Dinner Party Ideas

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Try our dinner party main course ideas for fuss-free entertaining, which range from simple crowd-pleasing recipes to more impressive dishes for special occasions.

DINNER PARTY IDEAS FOR ADULTS

1. TRUFFLE CHICKEN & POTATO GRATIN

Truffle Chicken and Potato Gratin
Truffle Chicken and Potato Gratin

Add truffle to a creamy chicken and potato gratin for a touch of luxury. A great comfort dish to serve in the winter or when you want to treat yourself.

2. NEXT LEVEL PAELLA

Next Level Paella
Next Level Paella

Using our ultimate recipe, select the freshest ingredients for a world-class paella. To impress your guests, serve this classic Spanish seafood dish in a pan.

3. LAMB CHOPS WITH CHILI AND LIGURIAN BROAD BEAN PESTO

Lamb chops with Chili and Ligurian Broad Bean Pesto
Lamb chops with Chili and Ligurian Broad Bean Pesto

Serve these lightly spiced lamb chops on a bed of broad bean pesto to impress your dinner guests. Serve with fennel fronds, olive oil, and lemon drizzle.

4. ROAST CAULIFLOWER WITH CAPER DRESSING

Roasted Cauliflower with Capers Dressing
Roasted Cauliflower with Capers Dressing

This method of cooking cauliflower imparts a richness that is balanced by the dressing. It makes an excellent side dish for a roast dinner and can also be served as a vegetarian main course.

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5. LOBSTER THERMIDOR

Lobster Thermidor
Lobster Thermidor

Enjoy lobster thermidor as a celebratory appetizer or opulent main course. We gave the dish a facelift while keeping its original charm.

6. LAMB BIRYANI

Lamb Biryani
Lamb Biryani

Make this traditional Indian dish for tender lamb with paneer, rice, and spinach, all spiced to perfection. Excellent for casual entertaining.

FAMILY DINNER PARTY IDEAS

7. CHICKEN SCARPARIELLO

Best Chicken Scarpariello
Best Chicken Scarpariello

Looking for a new easy dinner recipe or something to wow your dinner guests with? This Chicken Scarpariello might be just what you’re looking for. Chicken Scarpariello is a traditional Italian dish that consists of braised chicken, sausage, and peppers in a sweet and sour sauce.

8. PASTA E FAGIOLI

Pasta e Fagioli
Pasta e Fagioli

This warming tomato-based soup stuffed with tender veggies, al dente pasta, and creamy white beans is a traditional Italian dish whose name means “pasta and beans.”

9. VEGAN LASAGNA

The Best Vegan Lasagna
The Best Vegan Lasagna

It’s rare to find a vegan recipe that tastes as good as the original, but this vegan lasagna comes close. It’s the ideal substitution for a family-style recipe for an Italian feast that adheres to everyone’s dietary restrictions.

10. AIR FRYER SQUASH SOUP

Air Fryer Squash Soup
Air Fryer Squash Soup

In an air fryer, combine butternut squash, carrots, and aromatics to make dinner in minutes. For a craveable crunch, top the finished product with a garlicky pepita topping.

11. CRISPY PORK NOODLES

Crispy Pork Noodles
Crispy Pork Noodles

This Szechuan-inspired recipe calls for ramen noodles tossed in a creamy peanut sauce and topped with crispy, pan-fried pork.

12. BUTTERMILK FRIED CHICKEN

Buttermilk Fried Chicken
Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Homemade crispy coated chicken is a crowd pleaser that pairs well with an easy barbecue side dish for the most delectable summer dinner.

EASY DINNER PARTY IDEAS

13. PARTY PAN PIZZA

Party Pan Pizza
Party Pan Pizza

Do you want to make pizza that is suitable for a dinner party? Let’s make Sheet Pan Pizza Party! This pizza is a little different than the standard circular variety, but it’s a crowd pleaser. It makes a large pan, which is the equivalent of three medium pizzas, and it’s incredibly simple to make.

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14. SHRIMP AND GRITS

Shrimp and Grits
Shrimp and Grits

Everyone will be impressed by these shrimp and grits! This restaurant-style Cajun recipe is ideal for a dinner party. The grits are intensely creamy and savory, and the shrimp is exceptionally tender, all topped with a luscious veggie gravy.

15. SPINACH AND RICOTTA LASAGNA

Spinach and Ricotta Lasagna
Spinach and Ricotta Lasagna

A terrific lasagna makes an excellent centerpiece for a dinner gathering, and this one is outstanding. The tomato sauce is zingy and garlicky, and the spinach ricotta cheese filling is classic and creamy.

16. ULTIMATE FALAFEL SANDWICH

Falafel Pita Sandwich
Falafel Pita Sandwich

Genuine homemade falafel is on the top of our list of dinner party ideas! It’s best to eat them in sandwich form: the crunch of the fried chickpea fritters and the sauces that flow down your chin….pretty it’s much the ultimate sandwich.

17. SWEET POTATO BLACK BEAN ENCHILADAS

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Enchiladas
Sweet Potato and Black Bean Enchiladas

Tender sweet potatoes complement the savory black beans and zesty salsa verde. It’s the finest gooey comfort meal around when topped with Colby cheese. We guarantee that everyone will enjoy this one.

18. BEST VEGETARIAN MEATLOAF

Vegetarian Meatloaf
Vegetarian Meatloaf

Every once in a while, you stumble across a recipe that is a cut above the rest — one that makes everything else you’ve made pale in comparison. This is the Vegetarian Meatloaf!

CASUAL DINNER PARTY MENU IDEAS 

19. FAVORITE COMPANY CASSEROLE

Favorite Company Casserole
Favorite Company Casserole

Even if they don’t like all of the components, my guests enjoy this casserole! People who don’t like broccoli, for example, don’t mind it in this dish. And I adore how simple it is to prepare and serve when guests arrive.

20. PLEASING POTATO PIZZA

Pleasing Potato Pizza
Pleasing Potato Pizza

I originally heard about this unique pizza from a buddy who had it at a restaurant. It encouraged me to develop my own recipe. There’s no dispute about the potatoey goodness of this pizza based on how quickly the slices disappear.

21. TENDER SWISS STEAK

Tender Swiss Steak
Tender Swiss Steak

When I was growing up, this fork-tender Swiss steak with thick gravy was a popular main course in our house. Mom took great delight in providing hearty dinners like these for our family and guests.

22. MOIST CRANBERRY PORK ROAST

Cranberry Glazed Pork Roast
Cranberry Glazed Pork Roast

I enjoy serving this tender, delicious pork to my guests. It doesn’t require much effort in the kitchen to cook, but it tastes like a gourmet supper.

23. TURKEY IN CREAM SAUCE

Turkey in Cream Sauce
Turkey in Cream Sauce

Since I initially moved out on my own years ago, I’ve relied on this recipe for tender turkey. I serve it anytime I have new people over, and I’m always writing down the recipe.

ELEGANT DINNER PARTY MENU IDEAS

24. SLOW-COOKER BEEF RAGU WITH PAPPARDELLE

Slow Cooker Beef Ragu Pappardelle
Slow Cooker Beef Ragu Pappardelle

Slow cookers are the unspoken secret to pleasant cooking. The magic happens in the pot, and you don’t even have to be present to witness it.

25. SOY-LEMON FLANK STEAK WITH ARUGULA

Soy-Lemon Flank Steak with Arugula

Soy-Lemon Flank Steak with Arugula

A grill is a host’s best friend when it comes to dinner parties. For the finest flavor, make the marinade in the morning. Then you’re all set for the party. The steak will only require a few minutes of grilling on each side, followed by a few minutes of resting.

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26. FRENCH ONION CHICKEN

Best French Onion Chicken
Best French Onion Chicken

Don’t be fooled by the cooking time: this recipe is a breeze. The most of the time is spent boiling the onions in butter (hello, savory house aroma!) and roasting the onions just before serving.

27. MAPLE-GLAZED SHEET PAN SALMON

Maple-Glazed Sheet Pan Salmon
Maple-Glazed Sheet Pan Salmon

Prep this recipe for 15 minutes ahead of time, then place the fish and vegetables on a sheet pan and bake for 25 minutes. With Brussels sprouts, delicata squash, and radicchio, you’ve created an impressive, healthful, and company-worthy meal.

28. MOULES À LA MARINIÈRE

Moules marinières
Moules Marinières

Steamed mussels in white wine are extremely excellent. And they couldn’t be any simpler. Cook the mussels in a large pot with the wine, onions, and fresh herbs for 5 minutes over high heat, or until the mussels open.

SUMMER DINNER PARTY IDEAS

30. GARLIC BUTTER STEAK BITES

Garlic-Butter Steak Bites
Garlic-Butter Steak Bites

Steamed mussels in white wine are delicious. And they couldn’t be easier. Cook the mussels, wine, onions, and fresh herbs in a large pot for 5 minutes over high heat, or until the mussels open.

31. PORTUGUESE MUSSELS

Portuguese-style Mussels
Portuguese-style Mussels

This is the most opulent it gets. A large bowl of mussels smothered in an incredible, out-of-this-world sauce. It doesn’t have to take place in a posh restaurant. They are ideal if you want to prepare a great seafood dish on a special occasion this summer.

32. ALBACORE TUNA TATAKI BOWL

Albacore Tuna Tataki Bowl
Albacore Tuna Tataki Bowl

This quick and simple Albacore Tuna Tataki Bowl is bursting with Asian flavors. This summer, instead of going out to eat at a sushi restaurant, create this delicious lunch at home.

33. TOMATO BASIL CHICKEN

Tomato Basil Chicken
Tomato Basil Chicken

Would you cook this chicken dish if I only said three things to you? Super simple, super quick, and super tasty!! It’s actually quite smart and attractive!

34. SUMMER HAMBURGER BOARD

Epic Summer Hamburger Board
Epic Summer Hamburger Board

The ideal dish for serving a large group. This massive Hamburger Board. Don’t be concerned about what to serve the folks. Assemble everything on a huge board and instruct them to assemble their own burgers.

35. SUMMER DETOX CHICKEN BUDDHA BOWL

Summer Detox Chicken Buddha Bowl
Summer Detox Chicken Buddha Bowl

Do you need a nutritious supper to wash down those summer hamburgers and ice cream cones? Try this refreshing and delectable Buddha Bowl. In case you haven’t heard, Buddha Bowls are the next craze! It’s vibrant and delicious.

CHEAP DINNER PARTY IDEAS

36. SPICY LEMON CHICKEN KABOBS

Spicy Lemon Chicken Kebab
Spicy Lemon Chicken Kebab

It must be spring when I see Meyer lemons at the grocer. I like to use them for these quick chicken kabobs, but normal grilled lemons have the same smoky taste.

37. FLAVORFUL GRILLED PORK TENDERLOIN

Best Grilled Pork Tenderloin
Best Grilled Pork Tenderloin

No of the weather, you can find me grilling. This moist pork tenderloin has tons of flavor thanks to its particular spice combination, and it doesn’t get much easier to create. My wife, in particular, appreciates the fact that she is not required to cook!

38. PUFF PASTRY CHICKEN POTPIE

Puff Pastry Chicken Pot Pie
Puff Pastry Chicken Pot Pie

When my wife is in the mood for comfort food, I make this chicken pot pie with puff pastry. It’s simple to cook, adheres to your ribs, and packs a soul-satisfying flavor punch.

39. STRAWBERRY SALAD WITH POPPY SEED DRESSING

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing
Strawberry Spinach Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

This fruit and vegetable salad is usually a hit with my family. If strawberries aren’t available, mandarin oranges and dried cranberries can be substituted.

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40. MARINATED OLIVE & CHEESE RING

Marinated Olive and Cheese Ring
Marinated Olive and Cheese Ring

We love to turn meals into occasions, and antipasto is the perfect way to start an Italian dinner party. This one is almost too gorgeous to eat, especially with the pimientos, fresh basil, and parsley sprinkled on top.

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Marinated Olives and Cheese Ring Recipe (Dinner Party Ideas)


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  • Author: Hazel Roddy
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minute
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 16 servings 1x

Description

Entertaining does not have to be difficult. This simple marinated olives and cheese ring appetizer is both beautiful and tasty. It is the perfect appetizer for the holidays, parties, or wine night! Make it for your next special event!


Ingredients

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  • ½ cup white wine vinegar
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp sugar (omit if low-carb)
  • ½ tsp celery salt
  • 1 tsp basil
  • ½ tsp red chili flakes
  • 8 oz cream cheese block
  • 8 oz mozzarella cheese block
  • 8 oz Monterey Jack cheese block
  • 6 oz pitted Kalamata olives, drained 
  • 7 oz garlic stuffed green olives

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, combine white wine vinegar, olive oil, sugar, celery salt, basil, and red chili flakes. Place aside.
  2. Cut cream cheese block in half lengthwise. Using a 14-inch slicer, cut the bread into 14-inch slices.
  3. 14-inch slices of mozzarella and Monterey Jack cheese
  4. On a platter, arrange cheese slices upright in a ring with one slice of mozzarella, one slice of Monterey Jack, and one slice of cream cheese until you form a complete circle.
  5. Combine drained olives and place in the center of the circle.
  6. Drizzle the dressing mixture over the entire dish, being careful to cover the olives and cheese.
  7. Cover and leave to marinate for at least an hour. Serve.

Notes

This chic appetizer is extremely adaptable. Any cheeses will work in place of the cream cheese and sharp cheddar. Just keep the overall weight the same.

Fold thin slices of deli cuts like pepperoni and salami in half and tuck them between the cheese slices for more variety.

  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: None
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 16 servings
  • Calories: 202kcal
  • Sugar: 1g
  • Sodium: 705mg
  • Fat: 17g
  • Saturated Fat: 5g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 3g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Protein: 9g
  • Cholesterol: 24mg

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Frequently Asked Questions

What should I make for dinner guests?

8 Simple Dinner Party Recipes:
Steak Sirloin Tip
Popovers with Cheddar and Chives.
Pot Pie with Chicken.
Cheese platter.
Rolls.
Crostini.
Rolls of pizza
Salmon with a honey glaze.

How do you have a casual dinner party?

The Dos and Don’ts of Dinner Parties
When your guests arrive, don’t start cooking.
Make everything ahead of time.
Make it a point for everyone to contribute a dish.
At least three courses must be served.
Don’t let everyone gorge themselves on bread.
Only prepare show-stopping delicacies.
You’ll need plenty of furniture and dinnerware.
Continue to pour the wine.

What is a good birthday dinner?

Birthday Dinners That May Outperform the Cake
Steakhouse Sheet-Pan Dinner
Coq au Vin Skillet (Cooking for 2)
Bolognese in the Crockpot
Dinner with Lemon-Herb Roast Chicken
Traditional Beef Stroganoff
Lemon-Pepper Chicken with Green Olives and Potatoes in the Slow Cooker
Everything Bagel-Seasoned Chicken with Cream Cheese Stuffing

What do you serve last minute guests?

Lifesavers include canned beans, jarred olives, artichokes and peppers, crackers, Chex mix, dried spaghetti, jarred sauce, seltzer, and even baking ingredients.

What should I serve my friend for dinner?

7 Simple Dinner Party Recipes:
Pumpkin Beer-Braised Chicken in the Slow Cooker
Chicken in a One-Pan Sauce with Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto.
Lamb in the Slow Cooker with Olives and Potatoes
Roast Pork Loin with Garlic and Rosemary
Pasta flavored with chorizo and chickpeas.
Shrimp Curry in Thai Style
Milk-soaked chicken.

What are some good main dishes?

Favorite Main Dishes in the Top 8:
Enchiladas con carne.
Kielbasa and Sauerkraut with Beer and Brown Sugar
Mango Dipping Sauce with Coconut Shrimp
Crab Cakes Served with Remoulade Sauce
Meatloaf is my favorite.
Frito Pie
Chicken General Tso’s.
Tzatziki Sauce on Greek Lamb Gyros

How do you throw a classy party?

8 Tips for a Simple yet Elegant Cocktail Party
Do as much as you can ahead of time. Do everything prior to it.
Allow your guest to take on the role of bartender.
Purchase Extra Glassware.
Learn to master the cheese plate.
Make your visitors feel at ease.
Don’t go overboard.
Play some music
Leave the cleaning to the last minute.

What time should a dinner party start?

With the three-hour rule in mind, schedule your dinner gathering to begin between 7-8PM. We recommend 7 p.m. since it offers you more time to serve the food and allows for a longer wait between dishes.

What is the number 1 food in the world?

The most famous meal in the world is most likely Italian pizza. Pizza left Italy’s boundaries a long time ago and is now devoured all over the world.

What is the most eaten food in the world?

Rice is without a doubt one of the world’s most popular foods. Rice has been consumed in significant regions of the world for over 5,000 years. When compared to the other grains, rice is unquestionably the most consumed.

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