Dinner Theme Night Ideas (Make Dinner Time More Interesting)

Cook different pizzas for an Italian dinner theme
Yummy Pizza, Making Me Hungry.

Dinner theme nights are just fun. You choose a specific theme for the evening and plan ut all around that theme. Simples! It can make a dinner party or just a normal weekday night a bit more interesting as you can dress up and even embrace it fully by only talking about topics to do with the theme, and maybe in the native language of the theme! Though that might be a bit too far.

Mexican Fiesta Night:

A Mexican Fiesta Night is a vibrant and lively theme that is perfect for celebrating any occasion. To set the mood, decorate your space with colorful tablecloths, papel picado banners, and sombreros. 

Serve some homemade margaritas or traditional Mexican beverages such as horchata or agua fresca. for you guests to drink.

Mexican Food To Consider Serving:

  • Tacos: 

  • Enchiladas: 

  • Quesadillas: 

  • Guacamole: 

  • Chiles Rellenos: 

  • Pozole: 

  • Tamales: 

  • Sopes: 

Italian Night:

Italian Night is a classic theme that is always a crowd-pleaser. To create an authentic Italian atmosphere, decorate your space with red and white checkered tablecloths, candles, and rustic accents.

Serve a selection of Italian wines or make homemade limoncello for a refreshing and citrusy digestif.

Italian Food To Consider Serving:

  •  Pizza:

  • Spaghetti Carbonara: 

  • Bruschetta: 

  • Lasagna: 

  • Risotto:

  • Caprese Salad: 

  • Tiramisu: 

  • Cannoli: 

Serve some Dim Sum as part of an Asian dinner theme
Dim Sum. Give Me Sum!

Asian Fusion Night:

Asian Fusion Night is a modern and trendy theme that combines flavors and ingredients from various Asian cuisines. To create an Asian-inspired atmosphere, decorate your space with bamboo placemats, chopsticks, and lanterns. 

Asian Food To Consider Serving:

  • Sushi: 

  • Pad Thai: 

  • Bibimbap: 

  • Pho: 

  • Dim Sum: 

  • Kimchi: 

  • Satay: 

  • Biryani: 
Serve green tea or sake with the food for an authentic Asian experience.

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BBQ Night: 

BBQ Night is a perfect casual and laid-back theme that is perfect for summer gatherings or outdoor parties. To create a BBQ atmosphere, decorate your space with checkered tablecloths, mason jar centerpieces, and string lights. 

BBQ Foods To Consider Serving:

  • Pulled Pork:

  • Ribs: 

  • Brisket: 

  • Grilled Chicken: 

  • Corn on the Cob: 

  • Baked Beans: 

  • Potato Salad: 

For drinks try a selection of craft beers or make homemade lemonade for a refreshing and summery drink.

Server some moussaka as part of a Mediterranean theme dinner night

Mediterranean Night:

Mediterranean Night is a fresh and healthy theme that is perfect for summer gatherings or outdoor parties. To create a Mediterranean atmosphere, decorate your space with blue and white tablecloths, olive branch centerpieces, and lanterns. 

Mediterranean Foods To Consider Serving:

  • Hummus: 

  • Falafel: 

  • Tzatziki: 

  • Tabouleh: 

  • Shawarma: 

  • Baba ganoush: 

  • Dolmas: 

  • Spanakopita: 

  • Moussaka: 
To accompany the meal, serve a selection of Mediterranean wines or make homemade sangria for a refreshing and fruity drink.

Game Night Dinner:

Game Night Dinner is a fun and interactive theme that is perfect for casual gatherings or family get-togethers. To create a game night atmosphere, decorate your space with game centerpieces, playing card place cards, and colorful balloons. You can also set up a game station where guests can play their favorite board games/card/video games.

Game Night Food To Consider Serving:

  • Nachos:

  • Chicken wings: 

  • Sliders: 

  • Pizza rolls:

  • Loaded potato skins:

  • Mini tacos:

  • Mozzarella sticks:

  • Loaded nacho fries:

  • Mini quiches: 

  • Bruschetta: 

  • Mini meatballs:
Have a selection of craft beers or make some homemade cocktails to serve.

Do you have a particular favourite dinner theme?
Post a Comment
Nikki said…
I love this post! Zo many great date night ideas. Would love to do some of these with my fiancé some time!
Nerdy Uk Girl said…
Thanks Nikki. I love theme nights. Just makes it a bit more fun. I will be doing more posts in future on other themes as well.

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