Thanksgiving Dinner Party
What’s Cooking? Three Ways to Throw a Dinner Party
Thought putting together a dinner party is hard work? It doesn’t have to be. Get inspired by planning an entertaining evening that fits your style! Check out these three dinner party ideas, tips and template themes to help you get organized and ready to entertain in no time. No muss, no fuss…just an evening full of fun, food, family and friends!

Simply elegant

In-laws coming to visit? Or setting up a formal dinner for forty? Here’s a sure-fire way to make a good impression, no matter who’s coming to dinner. Welcome each of your guests to their spot at the dinner table with a personalized place setting.

PLACE SETTING TIP: Once you print out the guests’ names on these fall-themed place cards, give the cards some props! One way is to place cards inside miniature picture frames. Or you can also use tiny pumpkins by cutting a small slit on top to insert each card. Another idea is to attach a card to a party favor such as a small box of chocolates or dinner mints with a matching gift label, and place at each place setting.

Place setting template and other elegant dinner party projects:
    Recipe Cards using Avery Postcards
        Falling Leaves Recipe Cards
    Place Cards using Avery Business Cards
        Falling Leaves Place Settings
    Gift Seals using Avery Round Labels
        Falling Leaves Gift Labels

Comfy casual

Hosting a dinner party with the emphasis on “party”? Even if your get-together involves paper napkins instead of cloth ones, these cute, coordinated templates can help you set a new standard in entertaining!

RECIPE-SHARING TIP: Create a nifty take-away for each of your guests. Create and print recipe cards for each of your cooking creations with the recipe card template below, and add a front and back cover. Punch a hole in the corner of each card and attach the cards to a metal ring with a clasp or tie together with ribbon.

Recipe card template and other casual dinner party projects:
    Recipe Cards using Avery Postcards
        Colorful Acorns Recipe Cards
    Place Cards using Avery Business Cards
        Colorful Acorns Place Settings
    Gift Seals using Avery Round Labels
        Colorful Acorns Gift Labels

Feeling potlucky?

Two good reasons to throw a potluck party: 1) it adds an element of surprise, because you never know what kind of cooking delights your guests will bring, and 2) you won’t put yourself out preparing the dishes all by yourself!

POTLUCK TIP: Organize your potluck by assigning a food category for each guest to bring such as “appetizer,” “salad” or “dessert” (typically, it’s a good idea for the host to prepare the main dish). Confirm what each guest will bring and create a buffet card for each dish so guests will be able to see the variety of foods on the buffet table at a glance.

Buffet card template and other potluck dinner party projects:
    Invitations using Avery Note Cards and Avery Address Labels
        Dinner Party Note Cards
        Dinner Party Address Labels
        Dinner Party Return Address Labels
    Buffet Cards using Avery Small Tent Cards or Avery Folded Business Cards
        Dinner Party Buffet Cards
    Place Cards using Avery Business Cards
        Dinner Party Place Settings

The thing about dinner parties is they don’t have to be complicated. Just focus on making sure your guests have a good time, and the little things will come together along the way. Looking for invitation ideas? Check out Notes They’ll Be Thankful For.