Planning a college dinner party: a night of food and fun


Freshman Macy Colson and junior Emilee Gear eat dinner in a dorm building. They ordered pizza and had a small dinner party. Izzy Myszak

While living on your own for the first time and having unrestricted access to a kitchen, having some friends over for a dinner party is a great way to have fun after class. But, from planning to shopping to cooking, a lot goes into dinner parties. What constitutes a successful dinner party?

The IDS talked to students about how they would host a successful dinner party.

Freshman Emma Jett said that she would invite around 20 people if she planned a dinner party.

“I think it’s fun when everybody gets together, 'cause everybody just kinda lets loose and has fun,” Jett said. 

Junior Celestina Garcia said she would invite only a few close friends.  

When it comes to the menu, sophomore Miguel Fraire said he enjoys to prepare chicken with some vegetables on the side. He also loves to bake dessert.

“I absolutely love banana bread,” Fraire said. “I have a vegan banana bread recipe that I made with protein and I love it, it’s my favorite.” 

Jett said she would prefer everybody to bring finger foods to share with one another, and Garcia said she would cook a vegan curry. 

Along with dinner, Fraire and Jett both said group games would make a dinner party a better evening. Jett said one of her favorite group games is Card Against Humanity. 

Garcia disagreed. She said that she might prefer to have a game night separate from a dinner party.

“We’ll have a separate board game night, you know?” Garcia said. “Can’t have too fun much all at once.”

There are many ways to plan a successful college dinner party, and Jett, Garcia and Fraire agree it’s a great way to bond with your friends after a long day’s work.

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