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The spring dinner party: so dreamy in theory, so weirdly elusive. It's hard to nail everyone down, harder still to host on a weeknight, and all of this starts to feel like the antithesis of the platonic ideal of spring—which is supposed to be sunny, downy with blossoming trees, drenched in rosé! Certainly not complicated.

Well. We can't promise you cherry blossoms. But we can give you a few easy-to-pull-off dinner party menus, plus all the tools and special touches to make them feel as dreamy as you were hoping they might.

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Photo by Bobbi Lin

Party 1: All! The! Spring! Produce!

What's for dinner: Green things, green things, green things! Just add rosé.
The fun stuff: A little whimsy, a lot of grace.

Grilled Bread with Thyme Pesto and Preserved Lemon Cream

Grilled Bread with Thyme Pesto and Preserved Lemon Cream by fiveandspice

Gold-Dipped Pink Pinch Bowls (Set of 2)

Gold-Dipped Pink Pinch Bowls (Set of 2)

$58
Wine Pearls (Set of 4)

Wine Pearls (Set of 4)

$25
Shaved Asparagus Salad with Feta and Peas

Shaved Asparagus Salad with Feta and Peas by Kendra Vaculin

Seared Sea Scallops with Gingered Pea Purée and Cilantro Gremolata

Seared Sea Scallops with Gingered Pea Purée and Cilantro ... by TasteFood

Handmade Porcelain Salad Bowl

Handmade Porcelain Salad Bowl

$85
Heart Pie Server

Heart Pie Server

$50
Rye & Rhubarb Anytime Cake

Rye & Rhubarb Anytime Cake by Sarah Jampel

Party 2: Fancy Cocktails, Many Snacks

What's for dinner: Sometimes you just want snacks for dinner. Make more than you think you'll need.
The fun stuff: Funky cocktail napkins and statement bowls.

Voilà l'Été: The French 75

Voilà l'Été: The French 75 by pierino

Shibori-Dyed Cocktail Napkins (Set of 4)

Shibori-Dyed Cocktail Napkins (Set of 4)

$24
Round Nesting Ramekins (Set of 5)

Round Nesting Ramekins (Set of 5)

$90
Toasty Roasted Chickpeas, Cajun Style

Toasty Roasted Chickpeas, Cajun Style by anotherfoodieblogger

Warm Olives in Anchovy Oil

Warm Olives in Anchovy Oil by ieatthepeach

Hand-turned Small Walnut Bowls (Set of 2)

Hand-turned Small Walnut Bowls (Set of 2)

$45
American Black Walnut Bowl

American Black Walnut Bowl

From $175
Saltie's Focaccia

Saltie's Focaccia by Kenzi Wilbur

Party 3: Is It Summer Yet or What?

What's for dinner: Big, sunny flavors, to be eaten outside.
The fun stuff: Tools to make the backyard even more of a go-to dinner spot.

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Saffron and Cardamom Lemonade Concentrate

Saffron and Cardamom Lemonade Concentrate by Saee Khandekar

Handblown Moroccan Glass Pitcher

Handblown Moroccan Glass Pitcher

$32
Hand-Forged Skewers (Set of 6)

Hand-Forged Skewers (Set of 6)

$36
Spicy Shrimp

Spicy Shrimp by Helen

Romaine and Avocado Salad with Anchovy Garlic Vinaigrette

Romaine and Avocado Salad with Anchovy Garlic Vinaigrette by Phyllis Grant

Wooden & Brass Flatware Holder

Wooden & Brass Flatware Holder

From $170
Pleated String Lights

Pleated String Lights

$230
Lemon Granita (Granita al Limone)

Lemon Granita (Granita al Limone) by Emiko

What are your best weeknight dinner party tips? Share them (and what you serve!) in the comments.

Tags: menu plans, dinner party