Dinner Party Recipes, with Menus

Beef Wellington, GreatPartyRecipes.com

Dinner party recipes are rather hard to define. What makes a dinner party a dinner party? Pizza in the living room or barbecued chicken in the back yard could both be a dinner party, of sorts.

We could define them as "sit-down" dinners but sitting on the floor, the grass, or a bale of hay is still sitting down, but not really a dinner party.

So let's just classify them as "sit down around the dining table" parties, where the dinner party menus and recipes are kicked up, and where you'd never consider using plastic utensils. Even within those parameters you have lots of leeway in how casual or formal the occasion.

Dinner Party Recipes and Menu Ideas

Each menu serves 6 or more and includes a dessert and wine or other beverage suggestion. Add soup, appetizers, an extra side dish, etc., as befits your party and your style. Some starter suggestions follow the menus. You may want to end the meal with True Irish Coffee

Garlic Knots, a tasty twist on garlic bread, pairs well with almost every menu.

Starsky and Hutch, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, love and marriage, Salmon and Dill Sauce

The secret is out.

Dressed up meat and potatoes, complete with cummerbund

It's lobster. It's tacos. How can you go wrong?

A wildly delicious make-ahead meal

It's a known fact that pasta, champagne, and strawberries makes hearts go zing.

Strawberry Parfait

Strawberry Parfait, GreatPartyRecipes.com

Stir a little honey into softened cream cheese or yo-cheese. Layer the mixture alternately with sliced strawberries in parfait or wine glasses. It takes about 1/2 cup of each per serving.

More Dinner Party Recipes, a la Carte


  1. Bratwurst with Apple Sauerkraut
    Roasted Lamb Chops in Port Sauce
    Pork and Rice Stuffed acorn Squash

    Beef Bourguignon

    Fondue Stuffed Pumpkin
     (Entree or side dish)

    Rock Cornish Game Hens with Wild Rice Stuffing
    Pork Chops with Apples
    Chicken Pot Pie
    Linguine with Creamy Shrimp Scampi
    Spanish Tortilla
    Lasagna Roll Ups
    Honey Mustard Chicken
    Stuffed Bell Peppers
    Chicken Saltimbocca

And check out the new stir-fry sauce recipes.


  1. Hasselback Potatoes
    Corn Fritters
    Apple-Raisin-Walnut Stuffed Acorn Squash
    Easy Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes
    Turnips / Potatoes au Gratin



More appetizersmore soups, and more desserts to accompany the dinner party recipes.

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