Easy Dinner Party Recipes

Easy but impressive dinner party recipe ideas for entertaining friends, including starters, mains and desserts

Easy dinner party recipes that will impress, including make ahead starter recipes to share, dinner party main courses that you can get ready before your guests arrive and decadent desserts that will finish your meal in style.

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.

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!

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