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Hosting a dinner party is a great way to gather friends and family for good food and great conversation. If you’re looking to impress your guests, serving homemade baked goods is a great way to do so. We’re going to discuss some of the best ideas and recipes today that’ll be sure to impress your dinner party attendees.

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Bruschetta is a classic Italian appetizer that’s always a hit with guests. Toasted bread is topped with a mixture of fresh tomatoes, garlic, basil, and olive oil. This easy-to-make dish can be customized to different tastes, whether you’re substituting the tomatoes for roasted red peppers or adding sliced avocado for creaminess. Experiment with different breads like sourdough or French bread to change up the texture.

Puff Pastry Bites

A tasty and adaptable appetizer, puff pastry bites can be filled with a variety of foods. Goat cheese and fig jam, spinach and feta, or smoked salmon and cream cheese are a few delicious alternatives. Serving these bite-sized appetizers at a dinner party is ideal. Try out various cheeses, such as brie or gouda, or add nuts, such as walnuts or pecans, for crunch. With fillings like Nutella and strawberries or caramelized apples and cinnamon, you could also make sweet versions.

Roasted Vegetables

Roasted vegetables are a healthy and flavorful side dish that can be easily baked in the oven. Some great options include roasted sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts, or asparagus. Add herbs like rosemary or thyme for added flavor. Roasted vegetables can be customized to different seasons or cuisines. You could also mix up the textures by adding crispy fried onions or breadcrumbs on top.


Lasagna is a classic Italian dish that is always a hit at dinner parties. Layers of pasta, meat sauce, and cheese are baked together to create a delicious and hearty dish. You can also add vegetables like spinach or zucchini for added nutrition. Lasagna can be made with different types of meat, like ground turkey or chicken, or vegetarian with a tomato and vegetable sauce. You could also switch up the pasta with eggplant slices or use gluten-free noodles for dietary restrictions.

Genoise Sponge Cake

For dessert, Genoise sponge cake is a light and airy cake that’s perfect for any occasion. This classic French sponge cake is made with just a few simple ingredients: eggs, sugar, flour, and vanilla extract. The cake can be served on its own with a dusting of powdered sugar, or filled with fresh fruit and whipped cream for added decadence. Experiment with different flavors like lemon or almond, or add layers of jam or chocolate ganache between the cake layers. Find a Genoise sponge cake recipe if you’ve never made it before.

Apple Crisp

Apple crisp is a classic fall dessert that is perfect for a dinner party. Baked apples are topped with a crispy oat and cinnamon crumble for a warm and comforting dessert. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for added indulgence. Experiment with different types of fruit like pears or mixed berries, or add nuts like almonds or pecans to the crumble for added texture.

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Overall these foods will definitely make for a lovely dinner party where people will be talking about the food for months.

All of these options are delicious and worth a try.

Now it’s time for you guys to chime in…

Which of these foods would you make for your own dinner party?

Let me know in the comments below!

(7) Comments

  1. beth says:

    These are all great ideas. I am ready to host a party this month.

  2. briannemanzb says:

    I love these easy recipes. I feel like I can make lasagna for my next party. It’s classic and everyone loves a lasagna on the table.

  3. Those puff pastry bites look so good. I love finger food for get togethers or the chatty part of a dinner party before dinner is served.

  4. Karen says:

    omg the Bruschetta looks so so good! I love Brushettas and I will do them for sure.

  5. I love bruschetta, it is always such a tasty treat. Lasagne is definitely a favourite too and a great idea for a dinner party.

  6. PARTY foods are so important! Especially the ones you welcome the guests into the house or into a pre-party celebration. Food is an excellent way to show how much you care about all who gathered together.

  7. Rhian Westbury says:

    The puff pastry bites look so tasty. I always end up with leftover pastry when I make things and now I know what I need to make with it x

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