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Easy Dinner Party Recipes

When you have a general idea of what you're looking to do, pulling together a dinner party menu is easy even if it is last minute.

Try any of these recipes for a delicious meal.

Easy Appetizer Recipes

Bruschetta is a fantastic, quick and easy recipe to go to for an unexpected dinner party. As long as you have some bread and olive oil you can create an easy bruschetta appetizer in seconds flat.

Another sure-fire hit with dinner party guests? Prosciutto wrapped mozzarella melon appetizers. We like to skewer ours to make eating easier and to ensure the app doesn't fall apart as it's passed.

Main Dinner Recipes

Generally, people are intimidated by home-cooked scallops. They shouldn't be! Our catering expert Andrea Correale has the easy how-to for cooking scallops at home that are delicious and fast. Be sure you pair yours with her tasty Pineapple Red Pepper Mango Salsa!

Celebrations.com Expert Rachel Hollis' mandarin roast chicken recipe will feed a crowd for less. You'll need to know a few hours ahead of time that you want to serve it, but it's a great go-to for last-minute dinner parties that you aren't expecting.

Side Dinner Recipes

Nothing comes together more quickly and easily then orzo. Our orzo salad recipe is no exception and it's creamy cool taste is sure to be a hit with any dinner party guest.

Hearty and warm, we adore this pasta carbonara recipe during the fall and winter alongside a veal entree. It does work well on its own as a main, too!

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Jennifer Geddes
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Jennifer Kelly Geddes has hosted Christmas cookie swaps, New Year's open houses, Thanksgiving for 22, and all manner of dinner parties in her Manhattan and Ghent, NY homes.

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