December 15, 2011 05:00 ET

How to Throw an Elegant and Easy Dinner Party

MISSION, KS--(Marketwire - Dec 15, 2011) - (Family Features) Hosting a dinner party is one of life's greatest pleasures, but choosing the menu can be both exciting and intimidating. A dinner party is about sharing good food and enjoying one another's company. So why not create something easy, convenient and unique for your next party and indulge your friends in a dinner they won't soon forget?

Party Prep Tips
Go for the wow factor.
Look to a delicious and flavorful protein for your main dish, such as lobsters from Maine, which can be delivered directly to your door and are easy to prepare.

Keep things simple and organized. Allow your guests to pitch in and help create a communal dinner party. Ask your guests to bring a side dish or their favorite dessert.

Stock up. Visit your local wine shop to purchase a few different bottles that pair well with lobster, such as a flavorful Sauvignon Blanc, a crisp Chardonnay or a bubbly bottle of Prosecco or Champagne.

Order Your Lobster Online
To begin planning your ultimate dinner party, order fresh live lobsters from and choose which day the delivery should arrive. There are several additional choices on the website to accompany the main course, including clam chowder, mussels and classic New England whoopee pies for dessert to get the full Maine experience.

Plan one or two side dishes, such as corn on the cob or an arugula salad with a simple vinaigrette, and let the lobster shine as the main act. Planning this elegant and exciting dinner party is simple, and whether you are a gourmet chef or an amateur, hosting a lobster dinner creates a fun and decadent evening for your guests.

For more recipes and ideas, and to save 30 percent off your order, visit and enter the code "dinnerparty."

How to Prepare Fresh Lobster Recipe

1 tablespoon salt for every quart of water
1 lemon, quartered
2-4 sprigs of fresh rosemary
2-4 sprigs of fresh thyme
3 tablespoons of bacon grease, hardened
5-8 fresh bay leaves

Boil bay leaves for 30 minutes before adding Maine lobsters.

Let Maine lobsters cook for about 9 minutes.

Immediately add cooked Maine lobsters to an ice bath before serving.

Savory Butter Recipe

1 stick unsalted butter
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped
1/2 teaspoon bacon grease, hardened

Heat over low heat until melted and fragrant. Keep warm until lobsters are served.

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