How to Throw a Dinner Party: 25 Ideas, Tips, and Resources

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So much goes into a good dinner party. There’s the food, of course, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg! How do you set the mood? How do you time the cooking? What do you do if guests are showing up in 20 minutes and you just realized you don’t have enough chairs? We have some advice for all these questions and more.

PICTURED ABOVE:
• 1 An All Zucchini Dinner Party
• 2 Do You Give Your Guests Assigned Seating?
• 3 Easy Entertaining: Serve Appetizers on Trays
• 4 Inspiration: 10 Real Dinner Parties
• 5 Something for Everyone: Ideas for Dinner Buffet Bars

PARTY LOGISTICS
• 6 How to Plan a Dinner Party Menu
• 7 Chez Panisse Chef David Tanis Talks Dinner Parties
• 8 Tips for Setting a Colorful Table on the Cheap
• 9 Making Do! Alternative Seating Ideas for Dinner Parties
• 10 Easy Entertaining: Best Folding Chairs for Parties
• 11 Feeding a Crowd? Trays for Eating on Laps

PARTY CONSIDERATIONS
• 12 Vegetarian Etiquette: The Dinner Party Dilemma
• 13 How Do You Create Good Conversations?
• 14 Do You Send Reminders?
• 15 Do You Give Party Favors?

PARTY THEME INSPIRATION:
• 16 A Rustic Dinner Party Under the Stars
• 17 Regina’s Full Moon Garden Dinner Party
• 18 Urban Rooftop Party with Friends
• 19 Emily’s Mid-Summer Celebration, Vietnamese-Style
• 20 Sarah Rae’s Simple Summer Soirée

PARTY MENU IDEAS:
• 21 Dinner Party Menus: Four Seasons of My Own
• 22 Cocktail Parties: 5 Hors D’Ouevres and Cocktail Pairings
• 23 Beautiful Vegan Dinner Party Dishes
• 24 A Taste of Basque Country: 6 Recipes for a Dinner Party
• 25 A Taste of Brazil: 8 Recipes for a Brazilian-Themed Dinner Party

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