Hospitality Hosting

Hosting Series: Progressive Dinner

Oh, the Progressive Dinner–that entertaining concept from the past that is often remembered, but not often reenacted. I remember my parents participating in a progressive dinner when I was younger and we spent hours drooling over Taste of Home, deciding on the perfect cheesecake recipes to serve for the “dessert” course at our home.

Flash forward to now, where we have the most adorable neighbors who bought a house across our street for their “vacation home”. (Not many people consider Indiana to be a vacation destination, but it makes me feel that our neighborhood must be special to deserve such a designation.) In order to get to know each other better, my new neighbors suggested a progressive dinner and now it was my turn to search the recipe books for my own course to host. (I was smart and went with the “salad” option.)

Fall Table

So, here’s how it worked: we had five courses and five houses. We spent half an hour at each house and each host would leave a few minutes early to run to their house for finishing touches. Having all the houses on the same street made it super convenient.

And here is the (simple) menu: cheese and crostini spread, harvest salad, corn bread, chili, and burnt caramel pudding. Yum.


I really enjoyed getting to see everyone’s houses and savoring their interpretation of the menu choices. I got some new recipes and hopefully, some new friendships. Sharing the hosting responsibilities made the evening stress-free so I could focus on conversation, instead of balancing ten different items.

Fall Table Setting, The Love Bungalow

How about you? Have you ever participated in a progressive dinner? Any tips?

Lindsay Sig

12 comments on “Hosting Series: Progressive Dinner

  1. That is such a lovely way to get to know each other and enjoy their company. Your photos are beautiful and very inviting! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Way to develop community … make it compulsory!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. I haven’t heard of this idea before, but love it! What a great way to get to know your neighbors!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Abby Weber - Food on the Table

    I remember my parents doing this when I was younger too. The houses weren’t on the same block, but close enough. Everyone would ride bikes from house to house 🙂


  5. What a fun and exciting concept! I would love to do this! thanks for sharing!


  6. Sooooo. Maybe I’ve been living under a rock, or maybe I needed to pay more attention in school, but I have never heard of a “Progressive Dinner Party!” It sounds like such a great time. Being new to a neighborhood but lucky enough to have found great neighbors, this might have to happen!


  7. What an awesome idea!! It is the first time I hear of something like this. I would love to try this idea for our monthly ladies nights!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Thank you for this wonderful idea 🙂 I will definitely put in practice for my friends:)


Any Comments?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: