How to Throw a Dinner Party


Ever heard of the saying, the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach? Well, we’re pretty sure this actually applies to every breathing human being. There’s just something special and almost intimate about sitting around your kitchen table, laughing and sharing good food together. It’s almost like telling your guests, I want to share my life with you.

Dinner parties are a great way to show people that you care about them, and bind  friendship together. A good dinner party isn’t strictly about food, it’s a starting point to building lasting relationship.

We’ve found that creating a theme makes your meal  feel a little more than “just a dinner”. It brings an element that makes your get-together feel almost like a party.

We’ve gathered some ideas below so that you can surprise your friends by becoming a dinner party guru and master chef in no time!


To Make:

Drinks: Spiked lemonade, Peach-ginger iced tea, berry-guava lemonade… make sure to put real fruit in your fruity drinks!

Sides:  grilled veggies (onions, peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms, corn)

Desert: grilled peaches with whipped cream in the middle

To Do:

Corn hole, ladder toss, football or ultimate frisbee if you have a big yard!

Tip: if you do not have outdoor games, see if the library has them. Some local libraries have yard games on hand for check out.

*Guest requirements: Bring your own meat, beer, or both (byom, byob)

Tea Party

To Make:

Finger sandwiches: Tomato basil, prosciutto provolone asparagus, 4 cheese, and turkey avocado (cut into 1-inch strips)

Drinks: A selection of green, black, herbal, and fruit teas, water with lemon

Dessert: Mini creme brulee, cupcakes, skillet cookies, and pies

To do:

Place a few magazines and coffee table books at each table, knit and drink, a craft to match the season… or just enjoy the food and conversation!

*Guest attire: sundresses or semi-formal

Pizza Party

To make:

Make your own pizza

Variety of toppings: sausage, pepperoni, bacon, ham, mushrooms, peppers, onions, jalapenos, tomato, basil

A cute menu for ideas: Margarita , Hawaiian, supreme, meat, veggie, chicken BBQ

To Do:

This is a great dinner party idea during the super bowl or march madness! If not, having a selection of fun board games like Apples to Apples, Cranium, or Speak Out makes the night fun. If you are a euchre player, have a euchre tournament.

*Guest Requirements: bring drinks and a board game to share!


First time hosting a dinner party? Let us know how it goes in the comments below!