Casual Dinner Party Ideas: What to Cook and How to Present it!

casual dinner party ideas

Are you hosting a dinner party for your friends? Are you having family round for tea and want to impress? We’ve put together some simple and quick dinner party ideas; including recipes and presentation ideas which are suitable for casual dining – or even if you’re going all out!

For something light: Griddled Halloumi with Watermelon & Caper Breadcrumbs Salad

We’re loving the look of this mouth-watering and light halloumi and watermelon salad. This simple recipe is sure to impress and isn’t over fussy meaning it is bound to go down well with all your guests.

This ‘help yourself’ style dish lends itself well to our ‘Halo serving bowl’ which can be placed at the centre of the table or within a buffet style spread for your guests to serve up as much or as little as they’d like.

If you’re looking for quick dinner party ideas, this recipe is a great option as it takes just 15 minutes to cook and you’ll even save time dishing up by presenting the dish in our ‘Halo serving bowl’ and allowing your guest to help themselves.

Find the recipe by clicking here and view our ‘Halo serving bowl’ here.

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Image and recipe courtesy of Diana Henry / BBC Good Food

For something hearty: Chestnut Mushroom, Fennel & Bacon Fusilli

If you’re looking for quick dinner party ideas, this delicious pasta dish might just be your answer. The chestnut mushroom, fennel and bacon fusilli takes just 30 minutes to cook and is sure to please your guests. After all, who isn’t a fan of pasta?

To save even more time, this ‘not-your-average’ pasta dish can be presented in our beautiful and trendy ‘Soho oven dish’ and placed at the centre of the table for your guests to help themselves.

Find the recipe for this dish here and view our ‘Soho oven dish’ here.

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Image and recipe courtesy of Chelsie Collins / BBC Good Food

For something to get stuck into: Classic Barbeque Ribs

Although not strictly a ‘quick dinner party idea’ – once prepped, this classic rib dish can be left to cook unattended whilst you entertain your guests. It takes just 30 minutes to prep and 1 hour and 15 minutes to cook, leaving your time to enjoy a starter, chat, play games or just enjoy time with your loved ones.

Once cooked, this classic dish would look great presented on our ‘Moor oval platter’. In doing so, your guests are free to dish up their own ribs to suit their appetite.

Find the recipe for this dish here and view our ‘Moor oval platter’ here.

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Image and recipe courtesy of Jamie Oliver

For something on the side: Sprouting Broccoli with Garlic Breadcrumbs

The simplest and quickest dinner party idea – this side dish takes just 7 minutes to cook! A twist on a traditional side dish, this recipe is sure to impress even the toughest of critics. Paired with a joint of meat or presented as part of a buffet, this sprouting broccoli with garlic breadcrumbs dish is versatile yet delicious.

Once cooked, why not serve up on our ‘Soho oval plate’?

Find the recipe for this dish here and view our ‘Soho oval plate’ here.

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Image and recipe courtesy of Delicious Magazine

For something to finish: Lemon and blueberry mini cheesecakes

Round off your dinner party with these delicious lemon and blueberry mini cheesecakes. These bitesized cheesecakes are a great way to end a night full of delicious food and they take just 15 minutes to prep!

This recipe suggests using cake cases to hold your cheesecakes, but we think they would look wonderful presented in our ‘Nirvana sugar bowl’ which will hold just enough for individual portions.

Find the recipe for this dish here and view our ‘Nirvana sugar bowl’ here.

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Image and recipe courtesy of Delish

Hopefully this guide has filled you with lots of simple and quick dinner party ideas to entertain your guests! If you’re looking for more tableware solutions for an upcoming dinner party, explore our tableware ranges here!

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