Dinner Parties | Simple Italian

7 Dishes for an easy-to-make Italian themed dinner party

italian dinner party

Potlucks are a single girl’s best friend. For less than $20 a person, you can have a multi-dish meal and really enjoy each others’ company (and by that I mean open more than one bottle of wine without paying an arm and a leg). My sister hosted a group of us for a cozy dinner party at her place. Their friends met through a series of MeetUp events when they were all somewhat new to San Francisco a few years ago. Who says you can’t meet new friends online?

What was on the menu for our Italian dinner party? Caprese skewers, cheese and crackers, bruschetta, prosciutto-wrapped melons, arugula ravioli, and salmon with asparagus… with a little vino and a delightful bundt cake. It’s a delicious night in for up to 10 friends, or pick and choose a few dishes for a party of two. Best part about this menu? You can pick up all the ingredients from Trader Joe’s. Read on for ingredients and recipes.

italian dinner party
From Top:

Ania’s Bruschetta
  • Organic Italian baguette
  • Trader Giotto’s fresh bruschetta sauce
Nini’s Proscuitto with Melon
  • Smoked prosciutto
  • Pre-cut cantaloupe slices
  • Organic mint leaves as garnish
Eleni’s Cheese Plate
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Crottin Goat cheese 3-pack with garlic & herb, pepper, plain
  • Uncooked whole wheat spaghetti as toothpick
  • Raw almonds

italian dinner party

Eleni’s Cheese and Crackers
  • Trader Joe’s Wild Blueberry Vanilla Chèvre
  • Trader Joe’s Raisin Rosemary Crisps

italian dinner party

italian dinner party

Alex’s Caprese Skewers 
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Basil
  • Trader Joe’s balsamic vinaigrette

italian dinner party

Christine’s Arugula & Parmigiano Reggiano Ravioli
  • Trader Giotto’s Arugula & Parmigiano Reggiano Ravioli
  • Wild Arugula
  • Trader Giotto’s Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Traditional Marinara Sauce
  • Garlic
  • Parmesan Romano & Asiago Cheese
  • Raw Sliced Almonds

italian dinner party

italian dinner party

italian dinner party

italian dinner party

Christine’s Salmon with Asparagus
  • Salmon
  • Asparagus
  • Pearl tomatos
  • Garlic
  • Lemon
  • Pesto
  • Freshly shaved Parmesan, Romano & Asiago
  • Recipe for foil baked salmon here

italian dinner party

italian dinner party

italian dinner party

italian dinner party

italian dinner party

italian dinner party

Epicuro Primitivo red table wine

Ania chose this perfectly fruity and smooth accompaniment to our meal.

italian dinner party

Jill’s Cream-filled bundt cake with raspberries

The group is lucky enough to have a professional baker in its midst. While we opted to keep her recipe a secret, you can visit her website Delish Designs to hire her for dessert bars and event planning.

italian dinner party

Thank you to our hostess with the mostest, Christine Abalos!

Originally posted on The Single Diaries.

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