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Find menu inspiration for seated dinners, cocktail parties and more

At most parties, the food takes center stage. Get inspiration from Tasting Table's refined recipes for your next party, then wait for the "ooohs" and "ahhhs" from your guests.

SUMMER COOKOUT: Everyone knows that the best part of summer is having friends over. Keep your guests cool with a fresh gazpacho, then wow 'em with paella off the grill.

Watermelon Gazpacho

Three types of melon make this traditional, cold Spanish soup a touch sweeter.

Grilled Paella

Grilling the ingredients of this rice dish adds a hint of smoke—and the presentation is a showstopper.

Black Sesame Ice Cream Sandwiches

What's better than ice cream during summer? Ice cream sandwiches. Elevate the kid-friendly dessert with double-dark chocolate cookies and black sesame ice cream.

INTIMATE DINNER PARTY: Roasting meat is always a good idea for a small group. Not only does it feed a crowd, but it makes your kitchen smell delicious.

Roast Lamb Shanks

Anchovies, fennel and leeks add fragrant notes to these meaty shanks.

Hashed Brussels Sprouts

This quick side dish, brightened with lemon and poppy seeds, comes together in a flash.

Pommes Aligot

Think of these creamy, cheesy potatoes as an upgrade to a standard mash.

Chocolate and Chestnut Cake

Take your chocolate cake up a notch with nutty chestnuts and a vibrant kumquat sauce.

BRUNCH: Just because it's morning doesn't mean your meal has to be any less spectacular. These dishes will help your guests rise and shine.

Baked Eggs

A sprinkling of Aleppo pepper spices up these creamy eggs laced with leeks and greens.

Morning Buns

The smell of these orange-scented pastries in the oven will get anyone out of bed.

Greyhound(ed) Cocktail

This twist on the traditional Greyhound uses brûléed grapefruit for an extra touch of sweetness.

COCKTAIL PARTY: Give your guests some delicious little bites to enjoy while they're sipping a sparkling cocktail.

Roasted Almonds

The crispy fried herbs in these baked almonds add even more crunch.

Artichoke Dip Toasts

Two cocktail party favorites (crostini and spinach-and-artichoke dip) are combined into one savory, two-bite appetizer.

Kimchi Deviled Eggs

Go a little bit retro and a little bit modern with these newfangled deviled eggs.

Sparkling Pear Cocktail

This light, effervescent drink makes any occasion feel especially festive.