30 Simple Dinner Party Menu Staples to Impress Your Guests

Do you want to wow your guests at your upcoming dinner party? Well, we’re going to look at the easiest and extremely healthy staples that you can incorporate into your simple dinner party menu. Read on.

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Spaghetti with Parsley, Chili, and Garlic

Talking of pasta dishes, this is probably the easiest. Why? This pasta dish will take only 20 minutes of your time, and you’ll be done! Simply combine the four staples and serve your guests.

Truffle Chicken, Potato Gratin

The chicken is a luxury itself, but the potato gratin will add to the fun. It’s a great dish to include in your simple dinner party menu, or any other time you want something special. So, get 2 chicken legs, sliced truffle, 125ml each of double cream and chicken stock, 1 peeled garlic clove, one bay leaf, six sage leaves, 15g of parmesan, salad, 1/2kg floury potatoes.

Roast Chicken

Roast chicken is the ultimate dish for almost any type of party. What you’ll love about preparing this dish is that it’s not only easy to make, it also gives you bronzed and beautifully succulent results. You will only require a few ingredients such as spices to add to the flavor, and some salt to taste. 

The Shepherd’s Pie

They say that necessity is the cause for invention, right? Now, the shepherd’s pie is a classic example of a great invention. It comes with modern enhancements, which will leave your guests licking their lips.

Homemade Hummus

This one requires ingredients that you always have. Plus, its ingredients are also customizable. You’ll need canned beans, garlic, olive oil, tahini, pepper, salt, lemon, and serve your hummus with crackers. Or even veggies.

Pasta Bolognese

This super easy crowd-pleasing pasta dish only requires a box of pasta, ground turkey, and a jar of sauce. Use a skillet to brown the meat. Cook the pasta before combining the two in a jar with sauce. Next, serve your guests.


A simple frittata will without a doubt work well for your party, so make sure to include it in your simple dinner party menu. Utilize any of your fridge staples to whip up a tasty baked egg meal. Sub in frozen veggies and serve with bread slices, salad greens, and coffee.

Simple Dinner Party Menu: Snack Mix

Raid your pantry and grab a few crunchy kinds of stuff, a salty thing, and a sweet thing. Toss all the three ingredients together and serve your guests. The good thing about this holiday dish is that it doesn’t require any cooking.


Pull out flatbread from the freezer and make your guests a pizza they’ll love. Add any sauce, preferably pizza sauce. Top it with veggies, cheese, or anything else.

Cheese Platter

Get a block of cheese and add some bread or a cracker. Lay out fresh fruit and finish it off with nuts or dried fruit. Customize it the way you wish.

Mushroom Pasta, Goat Cheese

This dish comes with a big flavor that’s possible to attain in a few minutes. It’s a perfect blend of savory mushroom and creamy cheese, which are seasoned with oregano and thyme, and when paired with pasta. You get a chewy showstopper!

Simple Dinner Party Menu Staples; Tacos

Fill tacos with chorizo eggs to add to the texture and flavor. Top with slivers (red onion), hot sauce, cilantro, and salsa Fresca.

Stir-Fry Veggies and Teriyaki

This staple uses homemade sauce, four ingredients, and maple syrup to sweeten. Serve with rice and let you and your guests enjoy a delicious dinner. Add it to your simple dinner party menu.

Seared Salmon and Veggies 

Marinate and sear salmon in a hot pan for a minute. Throw it in a poke bowl with rice, sesame ribbons, cucumber, and you’ll get one great dish.

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Coleslaw with Melt Sandwich

Swiss melt sandwich tastes extremely healthy, so you can try it. Start with coleslaw and add cheese on a bun. The Swiss ‘Mac’ is what puts this dish over the edge. It’s one easy dinner meal you can prepare pretty easily and quickly.

Bolognese Sauce

If you want to treat your guests to a tasty ragu sauce, then it’s important to go for the Bolognese hearty sauce. This dish traces its roots from Northern Italy, and it lends itself as the perfect base for pizza, sauce, and lasagna.

Canned Beans

Beans are a healthy staple with high-fiber essential protein. Beans are affordable and versatile. They’re a particularly great base for vegetable burgers, stews, and soups, and they also make for a simple topper for salads. When choosing this staple, make sure to go for the low-sodium or “no-salt-added” options. Or you can alternatively rinse them in water before using, at least to rid them of excess salt.

Spinach-Walnut Pate

Though pate, vegetarian and caviar don’t go hand in hand, this dish is a flavor-packed will leave unforgettable memories in the brains of your guests. Ingredients include fresh spinach, walnuts, cilantro, tarragon leaves, dill fronds, wine vinegar, scallions, garlic cloves, kosher salt, coriander, pomegranate seeds, crackers, and pepper.

Quince Paste and Manchego Cheese

Quince paste (Membrillo), along with cheese- both of which are two common Spanish staples- can be quickly skewered to make an unbeatable appetizer that you and your guests will love. Plus, the preparation time is just 15 minutes. Quince, a tree fruit, is used as a paste and it’s rolled into almonds to complement manchego cheese and watercress.

Pizza Puffs

There’s nothing that is more fun than pizza puffs, right? Well, get one loaf of frozen pizza, twenty slices of pepperoni, butter, garlic cloves, dash salt, warmed sauce, optional: crushed pepper and grated cheese(parmesan), and 20 cubes of cheese. Next, set aside 30minutes off your schedule. Try this homemade version of pizza and you’ll forget the kind that you have been buying out there.

Chicken, Dates, and Caramelized Onion

If you want to make your next dinner party a memorable one, try chicken with caramelized onion and dates as the main dish. It’s simple: cook Jammy lemons with chicken for a sweeter and quicker alternative to whole roast chicken. It gives a unique flavor that you wouldn’t expect from only a few ingredients. Include it in your simple dinner party menu.

Fideua, Prawns, Chicken, and Mussels

Packed with chicken, mussels, king prawns, and smoked paprika, this typical seafood has an authentic taste that you can’t resist. Yes, it might take a lot of time to prepare, but by the end of the night, you’ll be wowing your guests at the table.

Roast Duck, Fried Potatoes, Rosemary, Garlic and Figs

Roasted duck breasts make for a very sumptuous dish with a perfect balance of tastes and flavors. It is best served with salty potatoes and sweet figs. 

Saffron Risotto

If you are looking forward to wowing your guests with a soothing dish, then you may need to go to the Saffron Risotto route. Why? It’s delicious as a standalone meal, but you can also serve it with juices and roast chicken. It’s truly an entertaining meal idea for your dinner party.

Beetroot-Citrus Salad, Goat Cheese

This is the ultimate show-stopper that is not only bright, it is also a colorful dinner main with citrusy flavors and a creamy taste. Honestly, you won’t help but keep biting it till nothing is left on the plate! Plan to serve it to your guests.

Kale Pasta

This is yet another killer dinner staple that you can include in your list of simple dinner party menu staples. It consists of bell peppers, olive oil, shallots, garlic cloves, ground pepper, kosher salt, white wine, pepper flakes for topping, roasted tomatoes, kale, chicken, rigatoni, and cheese.

Fried Chicken

Oven-fried meat (chicken) can make for a mouth-watering staple. That being said, grab 8 pieces of chicken, buttermilk, all-purpose flour, kosher salt, ground black pepper, vegetable shortening or vegetable oil. In a bowl, place chicken and pour over it buttermilk. Wrap with plastic and refrigerate overnight. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Next, combine pepper, flour, and salt in a bowl. Coat the chicken with this mixture. Heat the oil to 360 degrees and heat every piece of chicken for 3 minutes.

Roast Pork, Apple and Apricot

For this staple, you will need boneless pork, dry apricots, olive oil, brown onion, chopped streaky bacon, bread crumbs, diced apple, and parsley.

New Level Paella

If you want to have Paella as a staple to impress your guests in your upcoming dinner party, make sure to choose fresh ingredients if you want to get world-class results. Serve it in the pan to wow them.

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Roast Chicken, Lemon, and Chorizo Stuffing

The final item on your list of simple dinner party menu staples is lemon and chorizo flavored chicken. Prepare your chicken the Spanish way by introducing a bit of lemon and chorizo. The result is meat packed with a pleasant flavor, or even more if you prepare it ahead of time.