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Need some dinner ideas for entertaining? Check out my favorite easy 3-course meal ideas! I’ve included some of my favorite menus for everything from casual backyard gatherings to elegant dinner parties.Pin this recipe for later!
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Planning a Meal for a Dinner Party
It’s pretty simple to plan food for big parties, because finger foods and appetizers are all you need. But when it’s a more intimate gathering with a sit down dinner, it gets more complicated!
There’s the menu planning, prep, cooking, table setting, and of course the clean-up… it can be super intimidating. So it begs the question:
How Do You Create a 3-Course Meal?
- PLAN AHEAD. When you plan ahead, you’re prepared for all the steps.
- KEEP IT SIMPLE. When you invite friends for a dinner party, have an idea in mind of a main course and then plan the accompaniments around it. If the main dish is more complicated, keep the others simple and prep ahead what you can.
- ASK FOR HELP. Ask the people in your household for help setting the table, chopping vegetables, or cleaning up afterward. You could even ask a guest to provide the wine, appetizer, or dessert.
3 Course Meal Ideas
Side: Roasted Broccolini
Dessert: Ricotta Cookies
Main: Grilled Steak
Main: Braised Beef Short Ribs
Starter: Kale Salad with apples
Main: Lemon Chicken Piccata
Starter: Arugula Salad
Side: Buttered Noodles and Asparagus
Dessert: Chocolate Cream Pie
Main: Baked Lobster Tails
Side: Easy Rice Pilaf and Asparagus
Main: Carne Asada Tacos
Main: London Broil
Starter: Panzanella Salad
Side: Seasoned Rice and Carrots
Dessert: No Bake Lemon Cheesecake
Main: Chicken Schnitzel
Main: Cheese Enchiladas
Starter: Guacamole and tortilla chips
Dessert: Mexican Hot Chocolate Cupcakes
Starter: Cream Cheese Sausage Balls
Dessert: Cowboy Cookies
Main: Huli Huli Chicken
Starter: Spicy Garlic Shrimp
Side: Hawaiian Macaroni Salad, Sticky rice
Main: Cajun Shrimp Pasta
Starter: Crab Dip Recipe
Dessert: Grilled Peaches with Vanilla Ice Cream
Main: Chicken Gnocchi Soup
Starter: Copycat Olive Garden Salad
Dessert: Baileys Cheesecake
Starter: Black Bean Dip
Side: Greek Pasta Salad or Potato Salad
Do you have a favorite menu for entertaining? Share it in the comments!