Plan a Progressive Dinner Party  

Hit the road for an evening of creative eating and fun.

Beef Bourguignonne with Egg Noodles
Becky Luigart-Stayner; Melanie J. Clarke and Celine Chenoweth

If your supper club or group of friends is looking for a different way to entertain, try planning a progressive dinner. At this type of get-together, each course is served at a different home, so the party moves from one place to another during the course of the evening.

Here's how it works: The group splits into three teams--one for appetizers, one for the main course, and one for dessert. One person from each team hosts that group's course at his or her house. The evening begins with the entire group meeting at the first location for appetizers, then walking or driving to the other homes for subsequent courses.

Progressive dinner parties often spark a sense of friendly competition that can motivate each team to try to outdo the others. Plus, with a progressive dinner, everyone takes part so that one person isn't stuck with all the hosting duties. Best of all, it's easy to orchestrate. We've provided all the tips to get you moving.

How to Plan a Progressive Dinner Party

1. Teams

2. Locations

3. Timing and Travel

4. Housekeeping


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Ann Taylor Pittman, Cooking Light Food Editor
Sep, 2007

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