If you’re hosting an upcoming dinner party for your friends, family and other loved ones, you might be wondering what to serve the guests. Dinner parties are social events at their core, but any good dinner event often centers on the party dishes and drinks offered as well. Even if you’re not hosting a themed party and have lots of flexibility with your offerings, it can sometimes feel stressful trying to figure out what your guests might like the most. When in doubt, try turning to these five simple yet popular and deeply satisfying party drinks and dishes that are sure to make a splash with your guests!

1. Mixed Drinks Made With Blue Curacao

Hosting some adults at your dinner event? If so, the night’s not complete without some funky mixed drinks! This is a great opportunity to get creative and offer your guests something out of the ordinary that they’ll really remember. Consider offering blue curacao drinks and other options that guests will love.

2. Simple Yet Classic Fruit and Veggie Platters

When in doubt, you can’t go wrong with some classic fruit and veggie platters! These are practically must-have party dishes. If your event is going to involve lots of moving around and mingling, these platters are an ideal choice since they’re low-mess, popular, and easy to snack on. For a complete range of options that all your guests will love, consider cutting up and serving some:

  • Chopped celery
  • Chopped cucumber
  • Sliced red and green bell peppers
  • Baby carrots
  • Apple slices
  • Mixed berries
  • Chopped melon wedges
  • Ranch dressing
  • Peanut butter
  • Melted chocolate dip

3. Elegant Finger Sandwiches or Smoked Salmon Crisps

If your event is less of a dinner party and more of an afternoon tea, why not complete the theme with some elegant tea finger sandwiches? These sandwiches are easy for guests to eat, can easily be customized and tailored to suit different tastes and make the perfect complement to a classy event. If simple sandwiches are a little too bland for your tastes, try making smoked salmon and cream cheese crisps instead.

4. Quick Meat-Based Dishes for Sports-Centered Events

If your dinner event is centered on getting together to watch a sports game, you’ve got the perfect opportunity to serve up a hefty portion of meat. Many meat-based dishes are traditionally associated with sporting events, and there are plenty of classic recipes that could allow you to create a casual feel while still keeping everyone’s bellies full. When in doubt, consider whipping up some:

  • Savory meatballs
  • Spicy barbecue wings
  • Hot dogs or hamburgers
  • Dried beef jerky for a snack

5. Platters of Pigs in Blankets

Looking for a savory option that guests of all ages are sure to love? Try making some trays of pigs in blankets. These fun party snacks are a perennial favorite for a reason. They’re satisfying, easy to pick up, easy to make and perfectly tailored to suit the tastes of a wide range of guests. To make pigs in blankets, simply take a package of small wiener sausages, wrap them in oven-ready croissants and bake. This is a great treat to prepare right before your guests arrive. Why? because your house will smell savory and amazing once they’re done!

While hosting an evening event or dinner party can be enjoyable for the host, it can also sometimes be the source of stress. However, even if you’re not hosting a themed party, you don’t need to spend too much time worrying about your party dishes and drinks choices and whether your guests will like them! Simply stick with the classics and offer them these five popular dishes and drinks that are sure to be a hit with all your guests.

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