A dinner party is a great way to enjoy the company of friends and family as well as make use of your dining room and dining room furniture. While it may seem like a lot of work, it’s more than worth it to have all your friends under the same roof sharing food, wine and conversation. If you’re struggling to come up with ideas for your dinner party, here are a few ideas to get you going.

Regional themes

If coming up with inspiration for your dinner party menu is proving difficult, choosing a regional theme is always a good idea. Choosing a specific cuisine is also a great way to push yourself to try something new and appreciate different ways of cooking. Indian food lends itself well to cooking for large amounts of people as dishes can be prepared the night before (curries, for instance) and grilled meats and salads require little attention when guests are around. If you’re looking for more informal ideas, Mexican food is the best option for those wanting a messy yet highly indulgent meal.

Dinner Party IdeasPot Luck

If you’re short on time or cooking skills, an American-style pot luck party could be the perfect option. The concept is simple: every person in attendance has to bring a dish. The results of a pot luck party can be outstanding, especially if your friends are whiz kids in the kitchen.

The best way to organise a pot luck party is to specify who cooks what, so you get a balance of starters, mains and deserts. If there are a large amount of people in attendance, get people to bring drinks to avoid having too much food. If that wasn’t enough, you will have lots of leftovers to make the most of the day after.


When the nice weather arrives, a barbecue dinner party is a must. You can setup in the garden and party outdoors until late at night. The main advantage of barbecues is that you can cook for your guests without being away from the party. The informal style is perfect for a hands-on, fun-fuelled party.

After dinner entertainment

While sitting around a table may be a nice thing to do, having some post-dinner party entertainment is a great way to add to the mood. If you’re doing a Japanese themed dinner party, why not hire out a karaoke machine or pay for professional entertainers to provide a bit of extra sparkle to your night?

Catered events

If you’re not the most competent chef, or are uncomfortable cooking for a large party, why not consider a catering service to take care of the food. This will enable you to have lots of quality time with your friends as well as enjoy expertly prepared food.

If you want to host a dinner party but want to freshen up your dining room beforehand, visit Sainsbury’s online and browse their range of great-value, high-quality dining room furniture.



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