I love a good dinner party. I love showing up to a friend’s home with fresh flowers and greeting my fellow attendees. What I don’t like seeing is a friend who is overwhelmed with throwing a dinner party! It can be a lot to have a few guests over for a meal and often takes more than one usually banks on so I’m going to make it easy with a menu that’s sure to please your guests and keep your head on straight.


Before the meal, allow your guests to have something easy to snack on that is different from the main course.

Shrimp Cocktail

Shrimp Cocktail Chowhound
(Recipe + Photo: Chowhound)


Roasted Green Beans & Walnuts 

Green Beans Walnuts Bon Appetit
(Recipe + Photo: Bon Appetit)

Mashed Potatoes (the ultimate crowd pleaser)

Mashed Potatoes Food Network
(Recipe + Photo: Food Network


Salmon with Brown Sugar & Mustard Glaze

Brown Sugar Salmon Bobby Flay
(Recipe + Photo: Bobby Flay/Food Network)


What’s dinner without a good dessert? Try Grand Marnier Strawberry Sundaes for something unexpected!

Grand Marnier Strawberry Sundaes
(Recipe + Photo: Saveur)

To Drink: Syrah or Zinfandel. A great thing to tell guests to bring, if they ask!

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