This Is What You Should Bring To Your Dinner Party

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By Cooking Panda

Bringing something to a dinner party is always a nice gesture. Sometimes the host will ask for something specific; other times, you have 20 minutes until you have to be there when you suddenly realize that you are empty-handed. What do you do?

We recommend keeping it simple and going the conventional route with a standard dinner party gift that is sure to make your host happy.

Booze is pretty much the default. There’s nothing wrong with showing up with a nice bottle of wine. If you’re knowledgeable with fermented grapes, try to find out what the host is making and bring something that pairs well. But if you don’t know the difference between Malbec and Merlot, don’t stress! Play it safe and bring some prosecco. The bubbly white wine is almost always a pre-dinner hit, and it’s easy on the wallet, too.

What if your host doesn’t drink? You can always bring non-alcoholic drinks, like sparkling cider or high quality loose leaf tea. A nice bouquet is a great alternate to wine too. Flowers make a great centerpiece and are almost always appreciated. 

But steer clear of appetizers or food dishes, unless it’s a potluck or a specific request. If you insist on bringing food, your best bet is to keep it simple with fancy nuts, gourmet salts, good chocolate or cookies. If you want to bring a more elaborate dessert, always check with your host first.

If all else fails — maybe your host insists that you don’t bring anything, or you don’t get paid until next week — offer up your skills. Volunteer to be the designated bartender if cocktails are on the menu and you know how to mix them.

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Dinner Party Themes You Have To Try

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Breakfast for Dinner

Everyone loves breakfast, so give your guests what they want. Pancakes, bacon, quiche, mimosas and more!

Mexican Fiesta Taco Bar

Tacos are one of the easiest meals to prepare, especially for large groups of people. Impress your guests with a DIY taco bar offering all the fixings and vibrant Mexican-inspired décor. Don’t be afraid to grill up some veggies or make your own green sauce.

Pizza Party

Homemade pizzas are another simple meal to make for a lot of people. It could even be fun to ask your guests for some hands-on helps! Add old school Italian pizza shop décor like a  red checkered table cloth or even the national flag.

Thanksgiving Leftovers

If Thanksgiving is a day for family, then the leftovers from the day are a great way to spend time with friends. Thanksgiving is all about sharing, so have your guests bring over their own leftovers to add to the table.

Bite-Sized Dinner

This is the perfect party for those who like to snack cocktail-party style. Since the portions for this type of party are small, each dish can vary in height and guests can choose what to eat more easily.

Hawaiian Luau Dinner

The luau décor would be the most exciting part of this themed dinner party if the food wasn’t so delicious! Try some poke, rice and potato salad for a simplified take on this style of food. Don’t forget to put out a fruit tray and leis for all your guests. 

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10 Appetizers That Will Spice Up Any Dinner Party

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By Cooking Panda

Out with the old, in with the new! Surprise your guests with these delicious and creative appetizers. They’re not only delicious, but easy to make, especially for large groups. These recipes are guaranteed to please any crowd.

 

1. Korean Tots with Spicy Cheese Sauce (Recipe)

 

2. Super Green Goddess Hummus (Recipe)

 

3. Vegetable Pizza (Recipe)

 

4. Cheese and Garlic Crack Bread (Recipe)

 

5. Mini Pork Sausage Rolls (Recipe)

 

6. Southwest Veggie Wonton Cups (Recipe)

 

7. Mediterranean Seven Layer Dip (Recipe)

 

8. Mini Garlic & Parmesan Hasselback Potatoes (Recipe)

 

9. Cheesy Spinach Artichoke Dip (Recipe)

 

10. Coca Cola Chicken Wings (Recipe)

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