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10 disaster-free dinner party ideas
Hosting a dinner party is loads of fun, but planning and carrying off a successful evening can be a little stressful. Those feelings of stress can rock your ‘hostess with the most-ess’ confidence, and sometimes lead to chaos in the kitchen …
… But relax! With our disaster-free dinner party menu plans, you’ll be able to enjoy your night, knowing your guests are well-fed and enjoying your hospitality in style – a little forward planning is all it takes. We’ve got meal ideas to suit both casual dinner parties, as well as more formal occasions.
Each includes an entree, main and dessert for instant inspiration!
Indian banquetIt’s easy to re-create the smells and flavours of your local Indian restaurant.
- Entrée – Samosas
- Main – Butter chicken with fragrant yellow rice
- Dessert/sweet drink – Indian mango lassi
Gourmet Italian feastYou can top the pizza bases before the guests arrive, then just pop them in the oven, slice and serve.
- Entrée – Pizza twists
- Main – Prosciutto gourmet pizza with rocket and parmesan salad
- Dessert – Lemon gelato
Restaurant-inspired mealThe kind of food that really impresses, without being too tricky to prepare.
- Entrée – Pumpkin, spinach, feta and pinenut risotto
- Main – Twice-cooked pork belly with green beans
- Dessert – Clove panna cotta with fresh figs
Retro cuisineA fun concept where you serve up tasty dishes that were a hit in decades gone by!
- Entrée – Prawn and avocado cocktail
- Main – Beef stroganoff with mash
- Dessert – Mango mousse
Seafood barbequeBarbequed food has such a delicious flavour and is fuss-free to cook.
- Entrée – Chilli ginger prawns
- Main – Barbequed whole fish with barbequed zucchini
- Dessert – Watermelon sherbet
Roast with a twistWho can resist a comforting home-cooked lamb roast with all the trimmings?
- Entrée – Creamy cauliflower soup
- Main – Lebanese leg of lamb with roasted vegetables
- Dessert – Crunchy rhubarb custard
Mexican fiestaMexican food is tasty and popular, but simple to make for a dinner party.
- Entrée – Guacamole with pita crisps
- Main – Chilli beef tortillas
- Dessert – Mexican hot chocolate
Pasta indulgencePasta is a cost-effective way to feed the masses, especially hungry husbands!
- Entrée/side – Home-style garlic bread
- Main – Smoked salmon penne
- Dessert – Peppermint chocolate cheesecake
One-pot wondersServe straight from oven to table for a rustic touch that will impress your guests.
- Entrée/side – Cheese French bread
- Main – Slow cooker Moroccan lamb shanks with potato bake
- Dessert/sweet drink – Chocolate self-saucing pudding
- Entrée – Stuffed capsicums
- Main – Mushroom and leek quiche with roast pumpkin salad
- Dessert – Caramel pear cake
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