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10+ Festive Ideas for a Dinner Party Menu

Looking for some easy ideas for a dinner party menu? Whether you are hosting or bringing a dish, wait until you try these recipes that are perfect for a casual, festive get-together.

As we approach the holidays, are you searching for recipes to share at an upcoming party? I love trying and making new dishes so I’m all about it when others do the research for me.

From simple appetizers like spinach artichoke dip recipe and bruschetta tomatoes to cozy dinner ideas like pasta fagioli soup and baked shrimp scampi, I love a quick and easy dish that I can make or bring.

As part of this month’s supper club where we are sharing ideas for a festive casual gathering with a wine and cheese party.

In my post, I shared wine and cheese pairing ideas and tips, so if you find it a little overwhelming when you head to the market, you’ll want to read this post.

While most wine and cheese parties are about the wine and cheeses, sometimes you want to serve a little more.

And today, we’re sharing a larger dinner party menu for the occasion. If you are dropping by from my good friend Rachel from the Ponds Farmhouse, welcome!

Wait until you try these festive and simple recipes!

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10+ Festive Ideas for a Dinner Party Menu

Typically with a wine and cheese party, the focus is more on the vino and cheeses. But sometimes, you want to serve or bring something more substantial.

Here are some wine and cheese dinner party menu ideas to try!

close up of a wine and cheeses party tasting station in the formal garden at sunset with red roses, pinot noir, cheeses, candles, and wine glasses.
wine and cheese in the formal garden at sunset with red roses from the grocery store, on a bistro table with red wine

3 White Wine Spritzer Recipes You Should Try

If you’d like to try something fruity, lighter, and refreshing than a bottle of wine, try making a white wine spritzer!

There are so many different ways to make them.

And the best part?

They are lighter in calories and alcohol content. So it’s a great option if you are looking to cut back but not sacrifice the fun.

Here are 3 white wine spritzer recipes you should try.

close up of white wine spritzer recipe with strawberry and limes
white wine spritzer recipe with lemons and limes in stemless wine glasses on farmhouse dish towel

Winter Salad With Roasted Pears and Champagne Vinaigrette

My good friends Anne and AnnMarie from Simpy 2 Moms shared THE MOST beautiful salad that I can’t wait to make.

They had me at roasted pairs.

But that champagne vinaigrette sounds divine!

winter salad with roasted pear and champagne vinaigrette

Charcuterie Christmas Trees

My good friend Heidi from Eleanor Rose Home made the cutest charcuterie boards with Christmas trees made from food!

What an adorable idea!

I love the mini charcuterie boards. And never thought to decorate them with a festive design using food.

Christmas tree charcuterie board by eleanor rose home

Green Chili Cheese Fudge Appetizer

My good friend Michele from Vintage Home Designs made a delicious green chili cheese fudge appetizer that sounds so fun and easy to make.

I’ve never heard of this one before so I’m looking forward to trying it!

vintage home designs green chili fudge appetizer

Bacon, Cheese, and Onion Tart

My good friend Jen from Midwest Life and Style shared a mouthwatering bacon and cheese tart that looks to die for!

You can serve this one as the main course, but you could cut it up into squares and allow guests to grab and go too!

Honestly, I think I’m making this one for a casual Friday night dinner too.

It sounds easy to make and looks SO GOOD, doesn’t it?

Bacone cheese and onion tart by midwest life and style

Dark Chocolate Raspberry Fudge

My good friend Rachel from the Ponds Farmhouse shared this super delicious dark chocolate raspberry fudge that will stop you in your tracks!

I mean it sounds easy to make.

And is a wonderful accompaniment to a cozy wine and cheese party if you want to offer a dessert.

Dark Chocolate raspberry fudge recipe by The Ponds Farmhouse

Easy Hummus with Rice Cake Flowers

If you’d like to serve hummus with vegetables, you should try making this homemade hummus.

It’s easy to whip up and is a wonderful accompaniment to fresh-cut vegetables.

And take your fresh-cut vegetable platter up a notch too with these adorable cute rice cake flowers too!

close up of easy hummus recipe with rice cake flowers

The Best Spinach Artichoke Dip

I love a good hot dip in the middle of winter, don’t you?

My sister-in-law asks me to make this hot spinach artichoke dip yearly for Christmas Day as it’s always a huge hit.

It’s easy to make and will go quick at a wine and cheese party!

close up of pretzel chip with The ultimate of spinach artichoke recipes

Bruschetta Tomatoes

One of my favorite appetizers to make or offer at a casual gathering is my grandmother’s recipe for bruschetta tomatoes.

Have you made it before?

It’s simple to make and easy to toast up the bread. And it’s a beautiful dish to serve at a wine and cheese party where you want something a little more substantial.

Close up of The Best Bruschetta Tomatoes Recipe on a white serving platter that is plated on crusty bread
The Best Bruschetta Tomatoes Recipe

Quick and Easy Proscuitto Appetizer

Years ago, when my old supper club hosted a french theme, a friend of mine made this quick and easy proscuitto appetizer and I WAS HOOKED!

It’s so easy to make, tastes delicious and is made with apple butter and baked brie.

The sweet and salty combination of the ingredients is to die for and would make a wonderful addition to any wine and cheese party.

proscuitto recipe fresh out of the oven on a white platter

Thanks for dropping by! I’m so glad you are here. Next up in our supper club party, is my good friend Michele from Vintage Home Designs.

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  1. Thanks to this menu, I know what I’m serving for New Year’s Eve this year! Can’t wait to try all these recipes. Cheers!