Dinner Party Ideas

Dinner Tips

Alice in Wonderland
Invite your closest friends, check. Prepare a decadent menu, check. Pick out the perfect background music, check. Secure the room you'll throw your drunken guests into with pet lions to scare the bejesus out of them, check — wait, what?  If you were Roman Emperor Heliogabalus, this would be an important line item on your dinner party checklist....
Throw a Dinner Party Like They Do in 'Downton Abbey'
When setting the table for dinner with the family, you're likely to reach for paper towels and perhaps those laminated place mats that your children made in kindergarten — not your finest linens, crisply ironed, and polished silver candlesticks (are they even polished?). And forget about your wedding china and crystal glasses. Seems extravagant,...
Sicilian-Style Turkey Meatballs
Cooking one meal that will appease both the simple palates of children and the more refined tastes of adults can be a challenge. Yet there is no need to plan two separate menus to feed the crowd gathered around your table the next time you host the extended family for a celebratory birthday dinner, or have over another family visiting from out...
Spread a little love with More Love Letters
Everyone needs a little love once in a while. It’s a fact. All it takes is a moment to brighten one person’s day — just one.  Hannah Brencher feels pretty strongly about the four-letter word. Once in need of a little l-o-v-e, she looked for relief by seeking out other people feeling the same way as her. She decided she would spread some love...
As Labor Day approaches and we’re all gearing up to celebrate the end of warm-weathered days, why not trade in the go-to BBQ fare for something original, like pizza? Who better than to dole out tips for a successful grilled pizza party than chef Nathan Lippy of Grill This with Nathan Lippy on YouTube’s food-centric channel, HUNGRY. Chef Nathan...
Dirty Dancing Watermelon Frosty
There is an article in The Guardian about what may be a new trend in film-watching: edible cinema. The article titled, “Is Edible Cinema a Tasty New Way to Enjoy Films,” chats about how a sold out night of entertainment at Electric Cinema in London involved a screening of the film Pan’s Labyrinth and movie-inspired eats served throughout the film...

Dinner Party Menus

Backyard grilling
Fire up the grill and invite over neighbors and family for a casual dinner outdoors
8 Healthy Party Ideas
Make over your party style and host one of these fun get-togethers that will help you stick to your resolution
Fava bean salad
Celebrate the bounty of the season with recipes from Chez Panisse’s David Tanis
What not to serve for an enjoyable, stress-free party for all
Incorporate America’s favorite culinary pastime into your upcoming party
Roasted striped bass
A healthy spring menu that is perfect for a simple dinner party
Dining out with eight is costly and cumbersome; why not hire a private chef and dine at home?
Pasta Carbonara
Wonderful one-pot meals suitable for a dinner party, but are also both comforting and easy to make - and clean-up.