10 disaster-free dinner party ideas

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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 banquet

It’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 feast

You 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 meal

The 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 cuisine

A 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 barbeque

Barbequed 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 twist

Who 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 fiesta

Mexican 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 indulgence

Pasta 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 wonders

Serve 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


Vegetarian delights

Entrée – Stuffed capsicums

Main – Mushroom and leek quiche with roast pumpkin salad

Dessert – Caramel pear cake

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