A Few Simple Cold Starters that Will Impress Your Guests


The starter is often the dish which causes the most stress for dinner party hosts. In addition to not being a meal that many prepare regularly, it is also the first dish and will set the tone for the entire evening. Instead of attempting something overly complex, there are a few easier options that are sure to impress your guests.

Dinner parties can be stressful events for the host. In addition to ensuring that everybody has a pleasant evening, you will also want to dazzle your guests with your culinary skills. Preparing a range of dishes for a large group can be extremely daunting, stressful and time-consuming. In addition to this, there is also an expectation that you will serve something extra special for the evening.

Often, it is the starter that causes the most stress. It’s because it is a meal which people often do not prepare themselves and only eat at restaurants. Not only this, but the starter is the first meal and will set the tone for the entire evening. The presentation is a key factor with the starter, and this is another area that many people struggle with in the kitchen.

Here are a few easy cold starters for dinner party that will still impress your guests and gets the meal off to a great start.

Devilled Eggs

Devilled eggs both look and taste fantastic. They are also very easy and cheap to make. They just involve shelling and halving hard-boiled eggs and removing the yolks. The yolk is then mixed with mayonnaise, mustard or other ingredients. The entire mixture is then scooped back into the area. There are all kinds of combinations that you can make, so you are sure to find one that your guests will enjoy.

Chilled Soup

Cold soups are delicious and can be surprisingly filling. Cold pea soup is a popular choice, and you can make it well in advance of the dinner party. These soups are also extremely healthy, and this will be appreciated by many (especially if you have a less than healthy dessert!).

Lobster en Belle Vue

If you are finding ways to impress, then Lobster is synonymous with fine dining and is a great way to amaze your guests. Lobster en Belle Vue is half a poached lobster served with lobster sauce and mix salad. If you are not confident in your abilities, you can order starters from catering companies who provide door to door services.

Caesar Salad

When it comes to impressing your guests, sometimes it is best to go with a classic. Caesar salad is a popular starter in restaurants, plus it can be easy to make. The ingredients are romaine lettuce, parmesan cheese, lemon juice, croutons, egg, garlic, black pepper, olive oil and Worcestershire sauce. You can always vary this recipe as per your choice like for instance; many people add chicken for a more filling dish.

These are just a few cold starters that are sure to impress your guests and get the meal off to a great start.

Lifestyle Mommy Blogger and Virtual Assistant from Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines. Aside from doing product reviews and events coverage, she blogs about solo parenting, homeschooling, and things in between.

One Comment

  • Sugandha Biswas

    Hello! Pinay
    Thanks for sharing this list of starters. In India, people are head over heels on “biryani”.
    I hope you have heard of it, if not you can check it out on the Internet.
    It is a dish made with rice and chicken. It is quite heavy so it is preferred for lunch or dinner.
    You can cook this for your kids, although i don’t know their age yet.

    -Love from India 🙂

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