Dinner party Recipes
To host the perfect dinner party, pick from our dinner party ideas collection and you'll impress family and friends.
Start your dinner party off in style with one of our fabulous starter recipes. Mozzarella and anchovy bruschette are really easy to make but full of flavour or something smarter, scallops on pea puree with parmesan crumbs is a really impressive way to start your meal.
Once you've picked your starter, we've got plenty of mains for you to choose from. Whether you're looking for meat, fish or a vegetarian main, we've got something to suit you. For a special occasion, give our fillet steak with bubble and squeak cakes a go. It's an absolute delight of a main course - tender steak with and indulgent blue cheese butter!
If you're expecting a vegetarian or prefer to go meat-free at your dinner party, try our spinach and mushroom filo tart or vegetarian moussaka, both full of flavour and with ingredients that sing.
And let's not forget the dessert. If you want to serve your dessert in individual portions, then our chocolate melting moments with clotted cream are ideal, plus they're a failsafe option as everyone loves chocolate. For a real showstopper, then try our passion fruit and mango meringue roulade - it's stunningly delicate and tastes exquisite too.
Find everything you'll need to host the perfect dinner party, whether it's a relaxed gathering for friends or a more formal meal for a special occasion. Of course, we all want to impress when it comes to creating a delicious dinner party menu but there's no shame in looking for easy dinner party recipes to mean you spend less time in the kitchen - and more time with your guests! These recipes, picked by our food team, have interesting twists and flavours to help you give your guests something they might not have tried before... and a dinner they'll remember!
Our vegetarian, gluten free and dairy free options are clearly labelled in case you have anyone with a special diet coming round. There's something for everyone in our easy dinner party recipe collection, which we update regularly with brand new recipes and to reflect the new season.
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To start, you could serve chilled avocado, cucumber and lime soup in pretty tea cups, make a glossy red onion tarte tartin to cut at the table or make a selection of homemade dips for a more informal approach, such as white bean and garlic served with salty tortilla chips.
And for dessert? We've selected easy make ahead recipes such as marsala and mascarpone syllabub, individual rhubarb and orange crumbles served in jam jars or a show-stopping chocolate and honeycomb torte. The fab thing about this coconut sorbet recipe is that it's so simple to make without an ice cream maker - and you can just pull it out the freezer when you need it! And it tastes just like summer!
Delicious Dinner party recipes
Cuttlefish with sobrasada or chorizo is an appetizing stew and quick to prepare, so it's well worth visiting your local fishmonger to get the freshest ingredients.
This seafood paella with squid and prawns is a guaranteed success. Omar Allibhoy says: "My friends and family say it is one of the very best paellas they have tasted."
Mocha and hazelnut parfait with Frangelico is a special ice cream dessert with no machine or effort required, featuring a hazelnut liqueur
Plum Eton Mess puts a twist on a classic Eton mess and it has a secret ingredient - pomegranate molasses! Perfect for a dinner party
Courgette fritters are delicious served with a tomato and feta cheese salad for a light lunch or to accompany grilled lamb chops for a simple supper
Make the easiest desserts ever with dessert recipes that use three ingredients (or fewer!). They are quick and simple, with no fuss needed
Celeriac, Camembert and truffle soup with thyme is so luxurious and tastes even better with good-quality stock to make a delicious starter recipe to impress
Kickstart your dinner party with soup shots. Choose from Bloody Mary, white gazpacho and guacamole for an interesting taster that's ready in 15 minutes
This simple pate makes a great appetizer or a lovely light lunch for four. Whip it up in just ten minutes!
Smoked salmon with beetroot and deep-fried capers makes for the perfect dinner party starter and the capers open up like tiny flowers once they're cooked - the perfect mix of a classic dish with a modern twist!
Dinner party recipe collections
Vegetarian starters that everyone can enjoy, including stuffed artichokes, a kirsch cheese fondue to share and pea and asparagus open ravioli
Smoked salmon starter recipes are ideal for a dinner party or even for Christmas dinner, including smoked salmon on rye with caviar, mini smoked salmon pancakes and a smoked salmon tart
Spanish tapas recipes to make at home, including Omar Allibhoy's spicy pork skewers, roasted pepper tortilla and chorizo patatas bravas
Easy dessert recipes that look impressive including rich, gooey brownies, no bake tarts, banoffee pots and plenty more
Find low alcohol wines so you can enjoy a glass or two without a fuzzy head in the morning and as a way of keeping how much you're drinking in check