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Throw a Special Thai Dinner Party!

Dinner Party Recipes & Ideas

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Planning a Thai Dinner Party

When it comes to creating a dinner party, nothing achieves the "wow factor" like Thai food. In this Thai party menu planner, you'll find a choice of recipes in each course - from simple to complicated, depending on your cooking experience and how much time you're prepared to invest. The great thing about preparing a Thai meal is that so much of it can be prepared in advance, then quickly put together when guests arrive, allowing you to enjoy the evening as much as your guests.

APPETIZER:

  • Start with a Taste-bud Zinging Appetizer (that will have your friends talking for weeks!): Meng Khum - a Classic Thai Appetizer. This simple but incredible appetizer is difficult to describe - you have to taste it for yourself to believe the interesting mix of flavors and textures with each mouthful-sized "pop" of this special Thai treat.
  • Another beautiful appetizer that will welcome your guests to the table is a "bouquet" of Thai Fresh Spring Rolls. These fresh rolls not only look gorgeous, they are incredibly wonderful to eat too. They are also gluten-free, and can be made vegetarian.
  • For more Thai appetizers and finger foods, see: Top Thai Party & Finger Foods for Summer!

    MAIN COURSE: Nothing could be more Thai for the main course than a good curry or noodle dish. I recommend one of the following options:

    Curries:

    Prep. Tip: Curries taste even better the next day. So if you want to be extra organized, cook this curry up a day or two ahead of time. Then simply heat up, add fresh toppings (such as fresh basil and/or coriander), and serve!

    Noodle Dishes:

    If you're not a curry person, check out these fabulous noodle dishes, which can also be served as the main course.

    Make-Ahead Noodle Tips: Soak the noodles the day before (see recipe), then drain and rinse well with cold water. Cover the noodles and store in the refrigerator until you're ready to cook them. Also prepare the Pad Thai sauce ahead of time and refrigerate. And if you want to be super-ready, you can even get all your fresh ingredients ready and store in the refrigerator ahead of time.

    VEGETABLE SIDE DISHES:

    DESSERT!

    Drinks:

    About Thai Beer: If you're a beer drinker, there are few greater pleasures in life than a nice cold lager with a spicy Thai meal. If you want to be authentic, look for imported Thai beers, such as Singha or Chang.

  • Wines: For the above menu, a good Shiraz/Syrah would pair nicely.

Creating a Tropical Thai Atmosphere:

Most of all, have a great time and enjoy the exquisite taste and flavor of Thai Food!

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