What to Wear & What to Serve At Your Next Dinner Party
Hosting a dinner party can seem a daunting scenario. Making sure everything’s perfectly in place, decorating, creating beautiful tablescapes. Figuring out the seating chart for guests, your dinner party menu – that’s a whole lot of plates to keep spinning in the air. (Pun intended.)
In an effort to lessen your stress, we’re going to help knock out two of the main categories: The Dress and The Menu. Hopefully these selections get you thinking creatively. We want to inspire some admirably coordinated combinations to bring to your dinner table.
Preparing your dinner menu just got easier. These gorgeous food ideas make for delicious dinner combinations. They will undoubtedly impress your friends and bring out your inner chef too!
There are even some healthy dinner party options if you want to enjoy the meal guilt-free. That means you’re free to indulge in that extra glass of white wine. Throw in some appetizers and party games, and you’ll have an unforgettable night on your hands.
Black Multi Floral Print Sleeveless Dress 50144
This sleeveless floral print dress is absolutely ravishing. Firey hues somehow manage to maintain an understated aesthetic while capturing everyone’s attention. The low round back makes an elegant exit as you move between table and kitchen.
Dewy cheeks and polished tresses will prove an excellent finish to the grown-up garden party ensemble.
The Menu: Garden Fresh
Appetizer: Mint, Feta, and Lamb Flatbread. (Bonus points if the mint comes from your own garden.)
Main Course: Fettuccini with Garden Vegetables and Greens
Dessert: Chocolate Zucchini Loaf Cake (Bonus: We’re pretty sure the zucchini aspect means you can eat as much as you want. After all, it’s important to get your veggies in!)
Gold Cap Sleeve Lace Dress 26659
A gold ombre color scheme makes a modern statement on this stunning lace gown,. However, it still maintains its old world stateliness. A high mock neckline and cap sleeves enhance its inherent modesty.
Keyhole details at the front and back reveal an alluring peek of skin. Accent the bronze palette with a deep smokey eye and amber-hued jewelry. A classic chignon hairstyle will add to the polished look.
The Menu: Go for the Gold
Appetizer: Roasted Beet Crostini with Goat Cheese (Golden beets are an easy win amongst the ladies. It doesn’t hurt that the colors are every bit as rich as the flavor is fresh.
Main Course: Slow Cooker Golden Chicken Pasta (This is great for busy women as your can toss the ingredients in your slow cooker in the morning. Then simply let it cook all day. All you’ll have to worry about later is boiling water for the pasta part.)
Dessert: Wow your friends with Coconut Macaroons Dusted with Gold. (An Instagram dream come true.)
Plunging Neckline Red Dress 21492
Inspire envy in every attendee in this poised, fashion-forward silhouette. Ruching at the hips and bodice flatters curves and a low V-neckline gives a high-impact finish. Structured shoulders are powerfully feminine, as is the cape detail.
Assert your womanly wiles in the luxe look with a pair of vertiginous heels. Add high gloss hair and polished nails. Some gold jewels will add to the luxury.
The Menu: Caped Crusaders
Appetizer: Cape Town Tarts with Prosciutto and Onion (Remarkably simple to put together, they make for a tasty tray pass.)
Main Course: Cape Cod Chopped Salad (This salad generally includes arugula, apples, blue cheese, walnuts, cranberries, and bacon. That’s ensuring you gets plenty of food groups in a single dish.)
Dessert: A Lemon Verbena Tart with Cape Gooseberry Compote will lend a sophisticated close to the evening’s gastronomical adventure.
A-Line Multicolored Gown 21858
This powerful A-line gown has a way of owning every room it enters. Sound familiar? We thought so. The vivid skirt print is as sophisticated as it is striking.
The elegant boat neckline highlights the very feminine collarbone. The embellished waistline draws the eye inward, creating a slender silhouette. Gather your hair at the nape of your neck for a polished finish.
The Menu: Elevated Safari
Appetizer: Espinacas con Garbanzos (Spinach with garbanzo beans)
Main Course: Lamb Tagine (Most recipes require you to refrigerate the lamb overnight, so this main course requires a bit of forethought. If you need something day of, try a chutney chicken. It’s a quick, easy, and delectable choice.)
Dessert: Zebra Brownies (They might sound a little too on the nose – or the stripes, as it were – but one bite will convince you they were a very good idea.)
Print Tea Length A-Line Dress 37920
It doesn’t get much more proper than a tea-length silhouette. Add in the nipped waist, sweetheart neckline, and a new, exclusive floral print. Now we’re in vintage-inspired heaven.
Keep your hair long and loose to complete the effortlessly beautiful look. Add flat sandals and a pink hued makeup. A spritz of floral perfume and you’re ready!
The Menu: ’50’s Throwback
Appetizer: Fill small glass bowls with different versions of the popular Chex Mix and set them around your party as mingling snacks. Pineapple was all the rage back then, so a Pineapple Fruit Plate would also serve nicely as a pre-meal snack.
Main Course: Lobster Soufflé (We recommend testing the white wine sufficiently before adding it in.)
Dessert: A light and decadent Chocolate Mousse or traditional Marshmallow Bars
Asymmetrical Mikado Dress 214018
Look every inch the confident hostess in this boldly hued hot pink dress. The sleeveless sculpted silhouette features a dramatic asymmetrical hemline and deep V-back. It’s an immediate show-stopper so prepare for guest complements.
We love it with an ankle wrap stiletto. Stick to a nude color to maximize the leg-lengthening effect. Add a coordinating lipstick if you dare.
The Menu: Clean Journey to Japan
Appetizer: Carrot, Onion, and Garlic Soup (A quick dish to create and one that really starts the night off on a flavorful note.)
Main Course: Miso Black Cod. (The buttery, melt-in-your-mouth fish is always a crowd pleaser. )
Dessert: Hanami Dango (This sweet mochi dessert is composed of three Dango balls skewered on a stick. The balls are pink, white, and green. That makes it a perfect denouement for a dinner party hosted by gorgeous you in a gorgeous hot pink dress.)