Warm friends with fondue, won tons, great soups, Ethiopian finger foods and more
Fun and casual gatherings
Dan Goldberg
Savory beef stew and lemony lentils are made for sharing.

Parties need not be big to be successful. Sometimes the best parties are casual gatherings of a few friends. Simpler menus ― for you or for your guests to prepare ― help put the focus on the fellowship.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

Ethiopian-style dishes make for a finger food feast.

A casual won ton party is easy and fun when everyone helps.

When the weather chills, warm up some friends with star stews.

A make-ahead brunch lets you enjoy your guests’ company.

Dinner with a special friend: Valentine menu for two