I ended up throwing an impromptu dinner party last Wednesday. Instead of panicking, I took a deep breath, came up with an easy, manageable menu, and wrote out a grocery list. If you ever find yourself on the hosting end of an impromptu dinner party, be sure to check out my no fail planning tips.

  • For appetizers make one dip (I made a quick
    Sun Dried Tomato Dip

    that involved no chopping) and round it out with store bought goodies. Bowls of burst-in-your-mouth blueberries, salty black olives, crispy flatbread, and buttery french bread crisps can be plated in a matter of minutes. Chunk a few pieces of smoked gouda or other cheese and slice up some salami.


  • Choose a menu that is quick, easy and meat-free in case any vegetarians unexpectedly show up. Fresh
    Basil Pesto

    with pasta and a
    Green Salad With Citrus Vinaigrette

    is a simple meal that can be put together in under an hour.

  • For dessert, have everyone help out and make ice cream sandwiches.
  • Ask your guests to bring a bottle or two of wine.

What do you cook for your last-minute dinner parties?? Share your menus with me below!

To take a look at a gallery of images from my middle-of-the-week dinner, read more