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Dinner Party Themes and Ideas To Become the Ultimate Host

Are you ready to become legendary on the dinner party circuit? If you are a pro at dinner parties or even new to the game, I have some great dinner-party themes and ideas that will have your guests raving for weeks. Let's dive in!

outdoor dinner party

Take a Trip Around the World

You and your guests can take a trip right from your home around the world! Set up food stations or serve each cuisine as its own course. Think of things like Italian dishes, Mexican tacos, Japanese sushi, Thailand pad tai, or Indian butter chicken. Bump up the festivities even more by using decorations for each culture.

mexican taco dinner

The Roaring 20s

Step back in time with the roaring 20s with a Great Gatsby theme. Think glittering gold decor, jazz music, and glamorous attire. The perfect cocktails for this theme would be martinis and champagne. Keep the menu simple with elegant finger foods such as shrimp cocktail, stuffed mushrooms, tea sandwiches, and cheese trays. For a sit-down dinner choose things such as salad or soup along with smoked ham or turkey. If you choose a casual speakeasy-style theme, fried chicken is a great option.

party drinks

Farm to Table

This trend is here to stay and is the perfect way to utilize fresh local seasonal ingredients. Create a rustic tablescape with wildflowers, and wooden accents such as serving boards. Think salads and vegetable side dishes to accompany your main dish. Your guests will appreciate the flavor and freshness of locally sourced products that support your local farmers.

veggies from the farm

DIY Pizza Party

Who doesn't love pizza? Create a pizza station for your guests to create their pizza. Provide pizza dough, meats, cheeses, veggies, and even options to create dessert pizzas. They can be cooked right on your grill if you decide to host outdoors. This theme is the perfect fun and casual dinner experience.

thin crust pizza

Hawaiian Luau

You don't even need to leave home to experience a tropical paradise. With dishes like kalua pig, poke bowls, and haupia pie (think of coconut cream pie times 10), no one will leave hungry. Decorate with tiki torches, leis, and palm leaves to create the perfect atmosphere.

sit down style poke bowls

Casino Night

Try a roll of the dice with a casino-themed party. Set up gaming tables such as roulette, poker, and blackjack with some play money for your guests to gamble with. Serve simple cocktails like you would get at the casino and finger foods such as wings, cocktail meatballs, stuffed mushrooms, clams casino, nuts, mini pizzas, and nachos.

poker game

Backyard BBQ

Keep it super casual by hosting a backyard barbecue. Fire up the grill and serve hot dogs, hamburgers, and grilled corn on the cob. Set up some outdoor games such as cornhole, horseshoes, or volleyball for added entertainment.

cooking on the backyard grill

Cocktail Soiree

Impress your guests with this sophisticated evening. Create a signature cocktail for the evening with a selection of other cocktails as well. Serve elegant hors d'oeuvres such as deviled eggs, goat cheese and salami stuffed dates, shrimp cocktail, crostinis of your choosing, and figs and brie. Create the right mood with soft lighting and chic decor.


Holiday Extravaganza

The holidays are a great time to plan the perfect themed dinner party. Whether you choose a spooky Halloween theme, a friend's Christmas dinner, or even a Valentine's dinner, keep it festive with themed decor, music, and a menu to highlight the holiday.

christmas decorations

No matter which theme you choose, the key to a successful dinner party is to have fun and enjoy the company of your guests. So, pick a theme that suits your style and get ready to host an unforgettable evening!

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