My hubby and I are BIG on hosting people in our home. We honestly feel that there aren’t many things better in life than opening up your home to your friends and connecting over food. This has been something we’ve practiced for years and it seems that in this last year, where life has gotten somewhat chaotic, we haven’t done this as much. 

So recently we made a plan to start being more intentional about having people in our home again. To truly connect with our friends/our tribe of people and love on them while enjoying some amazing food. We don’t have a huge house. In fact, this home is smaller than our last home. We have a tiny yard and our playroom isn’t much bigger. But you know what, none of that matters. Instead of focusing on what I DON’T have, I want to focus on what I DO have: a home, that I love, that God provided and that I am able to raise my kids in while blessing my friends who enter into it. Sometimes I think we come up with all kinds of excuses of why we can’t do certain things and I am guilty of that as well. I wrote a post a while back about how we need to stop apologizing for the imperfections in our home and sometimes, we just plain need to stop apologizing for our home period. (If you didn’t catch that post, you can read it here).

Greek Inspired Dinner Party Ideas

So with that said, we are having our first official dinner party of the summer and I am SO excited! We are having some friends over whom we haven’t had here before and they love any kind of food. We thought BBQ would be nice and so I came up with the idea to have it a Greek-inspired dinner party.

I will for sure be seeking my mother-in-law’s help with some of the recipes (she’s the one who made me fall in love with Greek food as she cooks THE BEST greek dishes I’ve ever had!). But I also decided to scour the interwebs to find some fabulous decor ideas and a few twists on traditional recipes. 

Tablescapes & Party Details

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While I know some might think this is crazy fancy for a dinner party, I love the idea of dressing up your table a little something extra, to make it special for your guests. I will fully admit that I have served dinner out-of-the-pot, on paper plates before, however, there are times where a little bit of extra effort can take your dinner from regular to fabulous in no time flat! With just some olive branches and white flowers, these tables are completely transformed into a Grecian dreamland. 

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I love the idea of having menu cards for your dinner party. Again, just a little added effort can do a long way to make your guests feel extra special. Also, having a little party favor is an added bonus that will have your guests remembering and talking about your party for months on end. Think about it for a minute: we usually BRING something as a guest to a hostess as a sign to say “Thank you for having us.” But in the same way as with a wedding where they give party favors to their guests, why would we not give out a little something special to the guests in our house to say “Thank you for breaking bread with me in my home.” I think it just shows your guests how much you value and love them and it really doesn’t have to cost much to make a lasting impression. 

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Food Inspirations

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One of my all-time favorite foods are olives. Which is kinda funny because one of the only things my husbands HATES are olives. I wonder if olives are that polarizing for most people: you either love them or hate them? How do you feel about olives? Leave your answer in the comments below. Anyways, this olive, oil/balsamic vinegar and bread display looks just divine and would be the perfect appetizer for your guests as dinner is being finished.

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I absolutely LOVE Greek salad. I think it’s the feta that makes it absolute perfection. My hubby and I coined a phrase years ago that goes “Feta makes it beta!” As “cheesy” as that sounds (see what I did there), it’s so true! Feta on just about anything and I’m sold. Same with avocado, my new food love. I think that’s why these two recipes stood out to me while planning. I love the idea of a twist on the traditional Greek salad with arugula and spiralized cucumbers (gotta get a spiralizer!). I also love the idea of an updated version of tzatziki dip for your chicken kabobs. Yum-my! 

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Well, I’m off to shop for my menu items and I cannot wait to share with you how this dinner party turns out! Who are you inviting into your home this week?

Love & Blessings,

CMartin-Sign

 

 

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66 Comments on Greek Inspired Dinner Party Ideas

  1. Nikki
    June 15, 2015 at 1:31 pm (2 years ago)

    Yum! I would love to hold dinner parties.

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    • Christine
      June 18, 2015 at 9:12 am (2 years ago)

      So fun, right?!

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  2. Jaclyn
    June 15, 2015 at 2:00 pm (2 years ago)

    I’ve never really thought of having a Greek theme, but it’s such a cute idea!

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    • Christine
      June 18, 2015 at 9:12 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Jaclyn! Can’t wait to share it all with you guys! xox

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  3. Brittany Bergman
    June 15, 2015 at 2:17 pm (2 years ago)

    I’m drooling over that fresh salad — it looks incredible! I love the idea of making dinner parties “special” now and then. My friends and I are definitely pizza-off-paper-plates kind of people, but every now and then it’s fun to go the extra mile!

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    • Christine
      June 18, 2015 at 9:13 am (2 years ago)

      Absolutely! I couldn’t agree more! xox

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  4. Jen @ Fresh Crush
    June 15, 2015 at 3:16 pm (2 years ago)

    I love greek! This looks so tasty. And, great photography by the way!! 😉

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    • Christine
      June 18, 2015 at 9:13 am (2 years ago)

      All inspired ideas from other blogs! Can’t wait to create my own party and pictures!

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  5. Tine at Home
    June 15, 2015 at 3:35 pm (2 years ago)

    Everything looks absolutely fantastic!

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  6. Aimee
    June 15, 2015 at 4:15 pm (2 years ago)

    This looks amazing!! I love olives too…hubby doesn’t like them. And Greek food is divine!

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    • Christine
      June 18, 2015 at 9:13 am (2 years ago)

      Right?! Can’t wait

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  7. Chastity
    June 15, 2015 at 4:21 pm (2 years ago)

    These are great – now I want to host a dinner party!

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    • Christine
      June 18, 2015 at 9:14 am (2 years ago)

      Do it! It’s so fun!

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  8. Justine Y @ Little Dove Creations
    June 15, 2015 at 4:21 pm (2 years ago)

    I LOVE hosting people at my house, and I totally agree with what you said, we need to stop apologizing for our homes! Especially since I really am grateful for what I do have and how far it’s come, so why apologize for it?! And this sounds like a such a great idea for a dinner party! Pinning, thanks Christine!

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    • Christine
      June 18, 2015 at 9:38 am (2 years ago)

      Awe, thanks Justine! xox

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  9. Natasha
    June 15, 2015 at 4:41 pm (2 years ago)

    Wow, that is a beautiful spread. I love a good themed party and we haven’t done Greek yet. I’ll have to keep this one in my back pocket for the next celebration!

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    • Christine
      June 18, 2015 at 9:38 am (2 years ago)

      Right on! Enjoy Natasha and thanks for stopping by! xox

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  10. Sue Parke
    June 15, 2015 at 5:31 pm (2 years ago)

    Wow! This looks lovely! I want an invite haha! 🙂

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    • Christine
      June 18, 2015 at 9:39 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you Heather! xox

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  11. Jasmine
    June 15, 2015 at 7:25 pm (2 years ago)

    I think I plan to do a greek theme dinner party for my birthday this year. So this helps, thanks for sharing.

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    • Christine
      June 30, 2015 at 9:48 pm (2 years ago)

      Awesome! Can’t wait to see how it turns out! xox

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    • Christine
      June 18, 2015 at 9:34 am (2 years ago)

      It’s a nice change, that’s for sure!

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  12. Charlotte
    June 15, 2015 at 9:02 pm (2 years ago)

    Very Unique and interesting ideas! Thank you for sharing!!

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    • Christine
      June 18, 2015 at 9:39 am (2 years ago)

      My pleasure! Thank you for stopping by! xox

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  13. Ashleigh
    June 15, 2015 at 11:15 pm (2 years ago)

    This is amazing! My hubs and I love eating Greek and this is a great idea for our next dinner party! Thank you sharing!

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    • Christine
      June 18, 2015 at 9:39 am (2 years ago)

      My pleasure Ashleigh! xox

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  14. Emily | Rainbow Delicious
    June 16, 2015 at 12:43 am (2 years ago)

    I love all of these ideas! Especially the olive bar and rosemary olive oil favors– I have a huge rosemary bush so I’m totally going to make these! Another great addition would be a making flamed cheese, that is my favorite thing at Greek festivals I’ve been to 🙂

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    • Christine
      June 18, 2015 at 9:33 am (2 years ago)

      I had a really bad experience with flaming cheese, so I stay away now! Lol!

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  15. Tiara
    June 16, 2015 at 6:12 am (2 years ago)

    First off, I just want to say I love the table set up and all the pictures are amazing!
    Second, thanks for sharing these goodies! I cannot wait to try these 🙂

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  16. LiNdsay
    June 16, 2015 at 6:53 am (2 years ago)

    If you ever have the opportunity, go to Greece; it is so stunningly beautiful it is hard to put into words.

    I love your tasteful yet simple little touches; they definitely go a long way and have that subtle wow factor.

    Can’t wait to see what your party will look like. Good luck and have fun!

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    • Christine
      June 18, 2015 at 9:15 am (2 years ago)

      It’s on my bucket list Lindsay!! Would love to go! xox

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  17. Emily, Our house now a home
    June 16, 2015 at 10:27 am (2 years ago)

    I love entertaining at home. If we plan to get together with people they almost always want to go to a restaurant. I actually enjoy just hosting at my home instead. Maybe because then I know the kids can run around and be crazy. These pictures are gorgeous! I need to up my table decor game when I am hosting!

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    • Christine
      June 18, 2015 at 9:16 am (2 years ago)

      I’m totally the same as you Emily. Love hosting and would rather do that then go out! And it doesn’t take much to create a nice table! Stay tuned for the pictures! xox

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  18. Trish
    June 16, 2015 at 10:41 am (2 years ago)

    What beautiful food pictures! I am now craving Greek salad …

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  19. Sheryl
    June 16, 2015 at 11:05 am (2 years ago)

    Nom nom! I love Greek food!

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    • Christine
      June 18, 2015 at 9:16 am (2 years ago)

      Me too! One of my faves!

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  20. jessica
    June 16, 2015 at 11:22 am (2 years ago)

    This is such a cool idea! Very summery and who does not like to gather over food? I love your moldboard and your source of inspiration. I cannot wait to see how some pics of your gathering.

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    • Christine
      June 18, 2015 at 9:17 am (2 years ago)

      Right?! Thanks! Stay tuned girl! xox

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  21. Sara McCarty
    June 16, 2015 at 11:37 am (2 years ago)

    YES PLEASE!! I love this so much! Such a great theme! When can I come over to dinner at your house?! 🙂 I’ll bring some wine!

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    • Christine
      June 18, 2015 at 9:37 am (2 years ago)

      That sounds like a great plan 😉

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  22. Stephanie
    June 16, 2015 at 4:28 pm (2 years ago)

    This is absolutely beautiful. I LOVE IT from the oil bottles to the flowers and greenery. LOVE IT.

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    • Christine
      June 18, 2015 at 9:17 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you Stephanie! xox

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  23. Homestead Wishing
    June 16, 2015 at 5:32 pm (2 years ago)

    i am totally drooling from your beautiful pictures. Everything looks so awesome. I love this idea. Greek food is fantastic! Thank you.

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    • Christine
      June 18, 2015 at 9:17 am (2 years ago)

      It sure is! Can’t wait to host my party!

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  24. Meg @ Green With Decor
    June 16, 2015 at 8:59 pm (2 years ago)

    This is such a cute idea! Such pretty decor – and the food looks DELICIOUS!

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    • Christine
      June 18, 2015 at 9:18 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Meg! Can’t wait to host it!

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  25. annabelt - geeks diet
    June 17, 2015 at 1:10 am (2 years ago)

    Your Greek party ideas look wonderful – very stylish! And I love Greek food 🙂

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    • Christine
      June 18, 2015 at 9:18 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks! Can’t wait to host it!

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  26. Angie
    June 17, 2015 at 1:27 am (2 years ago)

    I love all your entertaining post, and this one is timely as I’m going to a Greek themed potluck next week! I’m in charge of the appetizers and this is a big help 🙂 do you happen to have the chicken kebab recipe on your blog?

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    • Christine
      June 18, 2015 at 9:18 am (2 years ago)

      That will be amazing! I don’t have it yet…but it will be next week! Stay tuned!

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  27. Rianna, Bohemian Wanderlust
    June 17, 2015 at 5:36 am (2 years ago)

    Yum! I absolutely love your table settings and style, so elegant. If I ever host a dinner party, I will be using a lot of my ideas from this post! xo

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  28. Pam
    June 19, 2015 at 7:20 pm (2 years ago)

    I love this idea! It looks so beautiful! We also love hosting people! This idea takes the traditional BBQ to the next level! Love it! Great job as usual!

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    • Christine
      June 30, 2015 at 9:48 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks love! When are you and I going to team up and host a party together, huh?! xox

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  29. Kassi
    June 22, 2015 at 3:28 pm (2 years ago)

    A Greek dinner party would be so fun to set up for!! We love to host too but it’s one of the first things that gets pushed aside when life gets crazy!

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    • Christine
      June 30, 2015 at 9:49 pm (2 years ago)

      Oh I totally hear you Kassi! We are the same…so it was nice to set aside a special night to do this! xox

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  30. Sara @ The Holy Mess
    June 23, 2015 at 10:03 am (2 years ago)

    Wow, your table looks sooo amazing! I LOVE greek food and would love to come to this party anytime. How cool and refreshing. Thanks for sharing the ideas.

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    • Christine
      June 30, 2015 at 10:49 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you Sara! My pleasure! xox

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  31. Judy Alexander
    October 12, 2016 at 2:41 am (6 months ago)

    Some great ideas and lots of inspiring stuff Thanks Christine I’m hosting a Greek dinner party next so hope I can come up with the goods as well as you have regards Judy

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    • Christine
      November 13, 2016 at 9:19 pm (5 months ago)

      Thanks Judy. Hope you had an amazing Greek dinner party.

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