Love to entertain but find the idea of hosting a formal dinner party a little intimidating? Breathe easy, friend. We’ve rounded up our favorite party-ready recipes, games, and even some clever shortcuts for making this an event you won’t end up dreading and will actually want to do again. Here’s how to treat your guests to a flavorful and fun-filled soirée.
Reduce your workload and your stress with these genius party hacks.
Extend your dinner party beyond the meal and prove you don’t take yourself too seriously by including a fun party game on the agenda.
From apps to main courses to dessert, you won’t have a menu misstep with these wow-worthy recipes.
There’s an app for that! Get the party started with these pre-dinner bites.
This palate pleaser is a feast for the eyes and the senses with diced tomatoes, EVOO, garlic, and fresh basil on a grilled French baguette.
Sweet and savory nibbles are the perfect pre-dinner snack, and these jazzed up nuts don’t hold any punches thanks to warming spices like cayenne and ginger, along with rosemary and a dusting of brown sugar.
Indulgent and flavorful are two characteristics of an outstanding dinner party app, and this dish checks both boxes with roasted mushrooms, creamy mozzarella, crusty bread, and seasonal herbs.
Start things off on an unexpected note with this unique but oh-so-delicious variation on the Middle Eastern classic using pumpkin puree, chili powder, and cinnamon.
Give green olives a little extra zing with a marinade of olive oil, coriander, cumin, fresh thyme, and orange zest.
Just because you’re vegan doesn’t mean you can’t have your cheese and eat it, too. These dairy-free cheese logs are made with creamed cashews. Just top with dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds, or walnut halves.
Earn big raves with little effort thanks to these simple but sophisticated show-stoppers.
Top this luscious, tender cut with a not-too-sweet sauce of cherries, dry red wine, apple cider vinegar, and brown sugar.
Bright, fresh herbs combine with garlic and hearty pine nuts for a flavorful topping and/or marinade for grilled steaks.
This one-pan recipe makes dinner parties a breeze. Juicy, tender chicken breasts get a dose of Italian flavors with zesty cherry tomatoes, oregano, basil, and of course, garlic.
Simple but elegant, this Spanish-inspired take on pork chops calls for a sauce of roasted red peppers, tomato paste, and walnuts.
Douse chicken in a marinade of fajita seasoning and olive oil before hitting the skillet with diced peppers and onions.
Perfect for those friends you feel most comfortable around, this messy finger food gets its flavor from a dry rub of brown sugar, garlic powder, and hot spices before hitting the oven for a low and slow bake.
Embrace the beauty of vegan cuisine with these flavor-packed recipes.
Creamy, comforting, and totally dairy-free, this plant-based recipe tops chickpea shells with a blend of cashews, hummus, and almond milk.
“Board” of the same old apps and starters? Arrange Middle Eastern vegan favorites like hummus, falafel, green olives, pita, and stuffed grape leaves on a platter to share.
Meaty without the meat, this dish tosses plant-based shirataki noodles in a rich tomato sauce of mushrooms, veggie stock, garlic, and fresh rosemary.
Though this Southern one-pot stew traditionally involves meat or sausage, this vegan take swaps in jackfruit without sacrificing flavor.
Skip the meat with these veggie-powered entrées.
This creamy rice favorite goes green thanks to nutrient-packed spirulina, which combines with arborio rice, artichokes, vegetable stock, and lemon zest.
Did you know you can use thinly sliced eggplant as a tortilla substitute? Top with a savory vegan filling of walnuts, sun-dried tomatoes, and taco seasoning for a plant-based fiesta.
Thai goes low carb in this genius recipe that uses fettuccine Wonder Noodles to soak up a fiery red curry, which includes coconut milk, and raw honey.
See ya, basil! This hearty kale pesto is ideal for everything from your favorite pasta to roasted veggies. For a vegan dish, just swap out the Parmesan and use nutritional yeast.
Make your meal all the sweeter with these big finishes.
Your guests won’t believe this cake owes its decadence to a frosting of whipped avocado mixed with maple syrup, cacao powder, vanilla powder, and coconut oil.
With a gluten-free crust of brown rice flour, maple syrup, and coconut oil filled with rhubarb, coconut palm sugar, and almond slivers, you’re sure to end things on a high note.
This make-ahead, no-bake cake will impress your guests thanks to Earl Grey tea-infused mascarpone and simple syrup along with candied lemon slices.
What’s better than one Italian dessert? Two Italian desserts! This two-for-one recipe pairs sweetened cold brew granita with a drizzle of creamer for a refreshing, post-dinner treat.
Give your meal an elegant French finish with this upside-down dessert, featuring caramelized apples atop a crust of granola, gluten-free coconut flour, and sweet maple syrup.
Wow your guests with apples sprinkled with coconut sugar and maple syrup topped with gluten-free cranberry granola and baked in a cast-iron skillet. Pair with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and prepare for lots of “oohs” and “ahhs.”
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