Casual Dinner Party Menu Ideas for 8

Casual Dinner Party Menu Ideas for 8

Our favorite thing about casual dinner parties is their low-key vibe. Casual dinner parties typically are reserved for our closest friends who want a night that is fun and relaxing. But because you’re only inviting a few people, it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t make an effort. After all, aren’t the people nearest and dearest to you the ones you should be keen on making happy because they’re the people in your life who deserve it most?

We’ve prepared a list of some of the best casual dinner party menus and included some great casual dinner party tips. 

Casual Dinner Party Menu 1:

Tomato Soup with Parmesan and Croutons

Shallot and Mushroom Pork Tenderloin

Chewy Chocolate Caramel Bars 

Tip: When planning the menu for a casual dinner party, it’s best to stick with what you know. A party of 8 is still a moderately large group of people for home entertaining and will require a few pounds of meat. After all, when it comes to pork, the recommendation is that each guest should have at least 3 ounces. Attempt a dish you’ve never made before and you could find yourself wasting 3 – 4 lbs of meat.

Casual Dinner Party Menu 2:

Creamy Broccoli and Spinach Soup

Grilled Tequila Garlic Lime Flank Steak

Oreo Truffles

Tip: Don’t get caught up in too many details. The whole point of a casual dinner is to make sure everyone, including you, is calm and relaxed. If you know your main dish is going to take longer to cook or has a lot of complex elements, don’t torture yourself by making an equally complicated side, soup, or dessert.

Casual Dinner Party Menu 3:

Bacon-Potato Corn Chowder

Chicken Marsala

Bloomin’ Grilled Apples

Tip: Your guests are there to enjoy your company. Don’t choose a menu that means you’ll be stuck in the kitchen while everyone else is having fun. Pre-cook and pre-prepare what you can so that when it’s time for dinner, all you need to do is reheat and serve.

Casual Dinner Party Menu 4:

Easy Cheesy Garlic Bread

Seafood Gumbo

Mixed Berry Spoon Cake

Tip: Cooking for a party of no more than eight means it’s easy enough to reach out to each person and ask if they have any allergies. If someone on your guest list has a severe seafood allergy, it makes total sense to replace the dish with a hearty, comforting chili instead. While you can’t please everyone and serve personal favorites, serving anything you know someone is allergic to will only make that person feel excluded and dampen the mood.

Casual Dinner Party Menu 5:

Balsamic Grilled Zucchini

Baked Ziti with Sausage  

Rocky Road Parfait

Tip: Casual dinner parties are an excellent opportunity for you to share something personal with your guests. You may want to cook a dish with a recipe that’s been passed down through the generations. Casual dinner parties are also the perfect occasion for you to share your culture. Prepare a native dish or create a fusion of flavors that are reminiscent of home. It may even be a dish you learned to cook from your recent travels.

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