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37 Luncheon Party Menu Ideas

These luncheon party menu ideas are ideal for small or large groups. Whether you send out invitations or make an impromptu phone call to invite people over, these luncheon recipes give you an easy way to share your hospitality without too much stress.

variety of lunch food ideas, including cherry chocolate cake, deviled eggs, broccoli slaw, and pineapple dump cake

It’s always a great idea to consider everyone’s taste and food sensitivities. I like to offer gluten-free options as well as low calorie foods so everyone can enjoy the party.

You probably already know what your best friends can eat. However, if you’re inviting guests you don’t know very well, please ask. That way, you can rest assured that you’ve taken everyone into consideration.

Dinner or Luncheon Menus

You don’t even have to stick to having serving these foods at lunch. In fact, many of them are great ideas for your next dinner party. 

Casual lunches and formal dinner parties are both events that allow you to show off some of your favorite foods.

These simple lunch recipes are just as good in the evening or for any special occasion. I’ve been known to offer them during Christmas dinner, at bridal showers, or even on game day. 

I’m sharing some light lunch recipes as well as a decadent dessert … or two or three. The best part about any of these recipes is that you can pick and choose the ones you like.

Luncheon Menu Ideas

Pick and choose a variety of foods from this list. I always recommend choosing mostly uncomplicated recipes so you can enjoy your guests without stress.

Delicious Lunch Made Even Better

Don’t forget the importance of a pretty table setting. In fact, sometimes this makes the difference between a so-so lunch party and one that people remember.

I’ve found that the best way to do this is to choose a theme—either a color scheme or more obvious theme and run with it. 

Even a simple recipe looks stunning when you have a pretty place setting. When serving a tuna salad, consider having a nautical theme.

It’s easy to come up with a game plan for a special lunch based on the season, your favorite foods, or even something special to honor one of your guests.

Appetizers and Snacks

Don’t forget to offer appetizers and snacks when your guests first arrive. Here are some of my favorites that are super easy and delicious. Most of these are finger foods that are so fun to eat!

Chex Party Mix – I make this with all gluten-free ingredients, but no one realizes it unless I tell them. It’s delicious and fun for any event!

Crispy Ranch Air Fryer Chickpeas – As the name implies, these chickpeas are crispy and crunchy. They only take a few minutes of prep before you put them in the air fryer. Guests love them!

Homemade Salsa – Serve this salsa with your favorite tortilla chips to show everyone how special this luncheon is!

Baked Brie with Puff Pastry – My friend Julie has this on her blog, Back to My Southern Roots. That girl can cook!

Oven Fried Plantain Chips with Zesty Dip – Next time you’re at the grocery store, pick up a plantain or two. You’ll be a big fan of this often overlooked treat after you try it! And I bet a lot of your guests will too!

Delicious Drinks for the Luncheon Party Menu

When I host a luncheon for friends, I like to have several drink options. Some of my favorites are iced tea, hot tea, lemonade, and of course water.

If you’re serving alcohol, consider white wine or red wine. Just remember to encourage responsible drinking and don’t allow anyone to drive home if they’ve had too much.

Here are more drinks your guests might enjoy:

Mango Smoothie – This easy drink is delicious and nutritious!

Pineapple Smoothie – Pineapple lovers will enjoy this one … obviously!

Coffee Smoothie – This quick pick-me-up is a delicious addition to any meal!

Better Hot Chocolate from a Mix – Start with a mix and add a few more ingredients to enjoy this absolutely decadent treat!

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