Dinner Party Recipes for Easy Home Entertaining

Dinner Party Recipes for Effortless & Easy Home Entertaining


Dinner Party Recipes For Cooking For Company

Dinner party recipes should not be intimidating for home entertaining!  When my husband asked me to host a dinner party for 12 clients, of course I said yes.  Next he proceeded to tell me which party recipes to include that were his favorites all from my trim and terrific cookbooks!  A dinner party doesn’t stress me out so I decided to give you a glimpse behind the scenes with how I approached the party as yes, I did ALL the cooking myself.
How to Host the Perfect Dinner Party

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Entertaining should be fun so I hope I help you take the stress out having company at your home.  First,  you have to decide on your menu so you can start to organize the party. I am going to do a series of posts with all the dinner party recipes and here’s my timeline for the party which is also important.  I am very organized and that’s the key.

My Dinner Party Recipes All Trim & TERRIFIC!!!

Let’s start with my menu and I will add posts daily (hopefully) with each recipe–the party came out fabulous and everyone loved all the recipes and  ate everything.  Remember, all my party was trim & terrific (except my hubby always likes a platter of fried seafood from Drusillamoderation)! The guests always tell me they leave full, but not that overstuffed feeling!
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Recipes From Gulf Coast Favorites

Crawfish and Sweet Potato Bisque
Southwestern Crawfish Cups                                    
White Chocolate Cheesecake

Recipes From:  Too Hot In The Kitchen cookbook

Crabmeat Dip, Crackers
Barbecue Shrimp over Cheese Grits

Recipes From:  KITCHEN 101 cookbook

Candied Pecan Brie, Gingersnaps
Pepper Dijon Tenderloin, Horseradish Sauce
Asparagus Bundles 
Special Caesar Salad  
Chocolate Peanut Butter Trifle

Now, the fun begins as I always try to do as much as I can ahead of time to pace myself.

My Timeline for Preparing My Dinner Party Recipes

Grocery Shopping -all non-perishables
Buy tenderloin and marinate in refrigerator
Make White Chocolate Cheesecake and freeze

Grocery produce and whatever I forgot or couldn’t find or changed
Made Crawfish and Sweet Potato Bisque (refrigerate)
Made won ton cups
Chopped green onions

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Set table and put out serving pieces with sticky notes what goes in each dish
Prep Brie (cut off rind)
Prep Trifle- make chocolate pudding, cream cheese filling, cut angel food cake
Make Asparagus Bundles (refrigerate on baking pan)
Make filling for Crawfish cups
Make Horseradish sauce
Toast sesame seeds for salad
Purchase flowers (however I ended up waiting until Wednesday to get them as they came in fresh on Tuesday and I didn’t want to go out again)

Wednesday morning
Put together trifle in trifle bowl
Take cheesecake out of freezer-decorate with raspberries and drizzle white chocolatedinner party menu

Crabmeat Dip-make and refrigerate
Put together my flower arrangement

Wednesday late afternoon
Take out tenderloin to room temperature

Cook tenderloin
Make BBQ Shrimp
Heat soup
Fill crawfish cups to put in oven
Make Brie

 7:30dinner party recipes
Slice Tenderloin
Make Cheese Grits
Bake Asparagus Bundles
Bake Bread
Toss Salad

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With over 1 million cookbooks sold, Holly Clegg has become a culinary expert on easy healthy everday recipes through her nationally recognized best-selling trim&TERRIFIC® and Eating Well cookbook series, including Eating Well Through Cancer, (English, Spanish and Chinese editions), Eating Well to Fight Arthritis and Diabetic Cooking with the American Diabetes Association.Clegg attended the Cordon Bleu Cooking School, London and has appeared on Fox & Friends, NBC Weekend Today, QVC, The 700 Club, USA Today, Cooking Light Magazine, Web MD, and Huff Post.She consulted for Walmart, Teflon, DuPont, The Coca-Cola Company, and hospitals throughout the country.
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2 thoughts on “Dinner Party Recipes for Effortless & Easy Home Entertaining

  1. Hi there,

    I was so excited to read about your dinner party. Everything sounds fabulous and I am going to re-create it for my girlfriends. I am wondering what size springform pan you used for the white chocolate cheesecake? It looks bigger than a 10 inch in the pictures. Thanks so much for all your great advice and suggestions. Your timeline is especially helpful. Love your newsletter!

  2. Thanks and I am thrilled this is helpful to you. Entertaining can be fun and I hope to make it less stressful. I did use a 10-inch spring form pan. Be sure to top the cheesecake with berries and drizzle with white chocolate as it makes a spectacular presentation.

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