Last Minute Dinner Party Ideas

No need to be stressed if guests drop by at the last minute! With these last minute dinner party tips and recipes, you will always be ready.

As much as we all try to plan ahead in life, the most memorable and fun moments seems to happen spontaneously. That even includes dinner parties! If you are throwing a last minute dinner party this weekend, look no further than these wonderful recipes and tips from Celebrations design guru Paula Biggs.


  • Last Minute Dinner Party Place Settings

    A festive table setting makes any meal special - and this with simple tip to making your own fiesta-themed place settings, you’ll be ready for your dinner party in no time. A good place setting just needs a few simple touches to look thoughtful and sophisticated.

  • Fesitve Centerpiece Idea

    No time to put together an incredibly fancy centerpiece for your last-minute dinner party? Paula has 3 great tips to making a grocery store bouquet look like a professional floral arrangement to add some sophisticated style to your dinner party spread in no time.

  • White Wine and Peach Sangria

    Sangria is the perfect drink to impress your guests at your next last minute dinner party. The key to having this White Wine and Peach Sangria from Inspired Taste to serve up is that you can make it ahead of time.

  • Black Bean and Avocado Spread with Garlic and Lime

    Appetizers you can have on hand to dish out to your last minute dinner guests are the key to being a great host and making it look effortless. This Black Bean and Avocado Spread with Garlic and Lime from expert chef Erin Dow is great to have up your sleeve for surprise drop-ins.

  • Simple Chicken Casserole

    When friends or family show up out of the blue and you don’t want to be known as the host who always orders take-out for their guests, then check out this simple Chicken Casserole recipe! One of the big tricks you’ll be so happy you used is to buy a rotisserie chicken in the recipe rather than slaving over the stove for hours as your guests arrive.

  • Last Minute Chicken Pesto Recipe

    Just because you don’t have a lot of time to whip up dinner doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice any flavor! There are two great shortcuts in this recipe for Chicken Pesto Pasta that will save you tons of time in the kitchen, but you’ll still be very pleased with the tasty end result.

  • Dulce De Leche Sundaes

    The presentation alone of these Ducle de Leche Sundaes will wow all of your guests, so just wait until everyone takes a taste! No one has to know you didn’t take a long time in the kitchen OR spend a lot of money on this simple and delicious dessert.

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