Dinner Party Ideas

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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...
Hannah Brencher holds the love in her hands.
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

There is no better way to kick off summer than with a casual meal with friends and neighbors in the backyard. After a day of playing in the grass and jumping in the pool, what parent doesn’t cringe when it’s time to wrangle the kids and get them cleaned up, all while preparing dinner?

This weekend, let the kids invite friends...

8 Healthy Party Ideas

Whether you overindulged in too many glasses of egg nog and helpings of Christmas cookies over the holidays or are simply looking to start the new year off right with a new exercise and healthy eating regime, don’t think you have to lock up the chocolate and wine in the cabinet, abstain from social gatherings, and go at it alone.

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Fava bean salad

When you begin to spot tender green lettuces, pencil-straight asparagus, and baby herbs of all kinds again in the market, you know spring has sprung. To celebrate the return of these and a variety of other fruits and vegetables, we’ve put together a delicious and easy menu to try at home.

Making plans with friends for dinner out this...

Quail

Many hosts and hostesses will agree: hosting a dinner party can be stressful. There is a bar to stock, tables to set, flowers to arrange, and of...

Sure, summer is nearly gone, but that doesn’t mean that those burgers that you love so much have to disappear just because the grill isn’t on and your bash is indoors. 

Deem your party a burger bash and make incorporate burgers into every aspect — from the...

Roasted striped bass

Last spring around this time, Phoebe was contemplating what to cook for her parents as a belated birthday present to them both. Her father, pesky as he is, is now a pescetarian and doesn’t eat meat. Fish can be a nice way to make an everyday menu more formal. It’s a little bit pricier than the proteins we usually cook with, and there is...

Cheers

I get together with friends on a regular basis. While we often go out to dinner, a friend recently suggested we hire a private chef to come to her house and cook for us. It sounded like a fabulous idea, albeit an extravagant one. Worries aside, we hired Michelle Baker, formerly of ...

Pasta Carbonara

Sunday night is a perfect night to invite over a couple close friends for a relaxing meal before the work week begins, especially when your menu revolves around an easy, one-pot dish.

 

Starters:

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