40 best ideas for birthday dinner 2022

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Birthdays are simply my favorite holiday. It really does not matter if it’s my own special day or one I love (hell, even someone I only occasionally hang out with). You are going to celebrate a single person and all the amazing things about them! Sorry to be angry, but what’s more endearing than that?

With that in mind, it’s time to assess the current state of birthday celebrations. Now I love a GNO or a group restaurant outing just as much as the next girl, but sometimes these gatherings lack a bit of intimacy. Although I really love to pamper with my whole gang, my purse simply will not have any part of a 3-course meal. (This is the part where the delicious homemade dinner comes into the chat.) It doesn’t matter if you are planning a romantic birthday party for two, or a classy dinner soiree with your girlfriends, cooking at home is a cozy alternative to noisy dinner outings . Plus, grocery stories are kind of reassuring, right?

If you are looking for a solar return with some delicious apps, snacks and hearty dinners, we have a number of options waiting for you right here. Check out 40 birthday dinner ideas below, and try not to feel too voracious (it’s hard, I must admit). Good food – now put on your party hat.

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Cheesy tomato basil baked Orzo

This orzo baked with tomato and fresh basil is the parmesan heaven. It’s a bit like a pasta dish with cheat syndrome. Or im-pasta syndrome! Sorry.

Get the recipe from How Sweet Eats.


Cream Vodka Sauce Pasta

I mean, the vodka will already be out on the counter for this recipe, so you’ve already got a party. (The toasted rosemary breadcrumbs are really the icing on the cake of the well-known cake / pasta here.)

Get the recipe from How Sweet Eats.


Chimichurri Quinoa with flank steak

Do you not love when a fresh, light meal and a hearty main course go together to create the perfect dish? Well, that’s * exactly * what we have here.

Get the recipe from How Sweet Eats.

Cozy, creamy, classic – what more do you need in a home recipe? Bonus: This pasta requires only six ingredients, most of which already take up space in your fridge.

Get the recipe from How Sweet Eats.

Prosecco marshmallows are apparently very much a thing, and TBH, it’s the kind of festive dessert the world has been patiently waiting for. Marshmallows with a touch of bubbling? I am in.

Get the recipe from Rosalynn Daniels.


Asparagus puff pastry pocket squares

A bite of this pocket square and you’ve got a taste of asparagus / prosciutto / smoked gouda delicacy. If you need to undo the top button on your jeans, now’s the time.

Get the recipe from Rosalynn Daniels.


Salty brown butter chocolate chip cookies

There must be a scientific reason why a sprinkle of salt on top of chocolate cakes lifts your mood and dessert. Can we do a study of it?

Get the recipe from Cravings by Chrissy Teigen.


Spiked strawberry lemonade Arnold Palmers

This summery drink is the perfect treat before dinner. Mint leaves go the extra mile and make these casual cocktails feel extra ~ fancy. ~

Get the recipe from Cravings by Chrissy Teigen.


Prosciutto Parmesan Twists

Was there anyone calling for the most impressive appetizer ever? (Fooled ya, it’s actually just puff pastry from the good old freezer department.)

Get the recipe from Cravings band Chrissy Teigen.


Chicken Enchilada bake

This enchilada dish provides plenty of room for versatility and ingredient exchange (as long as you keep the avocado, let’s be honest, it’s a solid ingredient). No matter how you serve it, she’s a hit.

Get the recipe from Joy the Bager.


One Pot Marry Me Chicken

A taste of this and you will understand the meaning behind the name. Something about this creamy chicken TikTok recipe inspires lifelong commitment from diners everywhere.

Get the recipe from Joy the Bager.


Cucumber Cilatro Margarita

This is the ultimate refreshing cocktail to top just about any alfresco meal. The fresh cucumber-lime-coriander combo goes down just as easily as the seltzer.

Get the recipe from Joy the Bager.


Tomato Herb Pepperoni Pizza

This pie checks all of your pizza boxes, with high marks for crispy, cheesy, sticky edges. Throw it in the oven ASAP.

Get the recipe from Half Baked Harvest.


Red curry basil garlic noodles

The curry basil flavors here are the next level, and the whole dish comes together in just 20 minutes. This is how all dinner recipes should be.

Get the recipe from Half Baked Harvest.


Chewing chocolate peanutbutter bars

Chocolate and PB are such a proven combination. Bake a round and serve them instead of a classic birthday cake (your dinner guests will not mind it).

Get the recipe from Half Baked Harvest.

Only these easy to make cake pops see complicated. The recipe calls for cake mix in box and they come together effortlessly.

Get the recipe from Preppy Kitchen.

Gnocchi with this sweet potato spin adds a layer of flavor that will blow your mind and your taste buds.

Get the recipe from Preppy Kitchen.

Are you looking for something sophisticated to serve on your special day? This classic French dish will do the trick.

Get the recipe from Mon Petit Four.


Brown sugar Cornish chicken & cornbread dressing

I am convinced that cornbread dressing should be a year-round thing, not just a treat reserved for Turkey Day. If you agree, then this recipe is the tasty dinner you have been waiting for all year.

Get the recipe from chef Will Coleman.

This fresh Italian meal is more than delicious. Who knew peas and pasta were such a dream couple?

Get the recipe from Food52.


Garlic butter-baked salmon

Crispy salmon is definitely a favorite among the audience. Plus, paired with fingerling potatoes? Good luck getting your diners out of your apartment late at night.

Get the recipe from Cafe Delites.

No meat, no problem. This traditional Indian spicy rice and vegetable recipe could serve as an accompaniment, but honestly, it is sturdy enough to be at the center.

Get the recipe from Food52.


Sweet and tasty burger with fig jam, goat cheese & arugula

How to lift your classic burger properly. Whipping these along with your crew is the ultimate outdoor dining activity.

Get the recipe from Food 52.


Green Vegetable Lasagne with Zucchini, Peas and Green Beans

This remixed lasagna recipe is one you will save long after your special dinner, that’s for sure.

Get the recipe from Food52.


Linguine with mussels, parsley and lemon

Is your mouth already watering? No, just me? This recipe is ridiculously easy to prepare, with an obviously delicious yield (not to mention it looks super fahcy).

Get the recipe from Food52.


Risotto alla Carbonara

Replace traditional spaghetti with Arborio rice and you’ve got a new-age carb mashup that is an absolute winner-winner risotto dinner. And yes, there are quite crispy pancetta chunks sprinkled on top.

Get the recipe from Food52.


Blackened Mahi Taco Bowls

Your taco Tuesdays have never looked so good. Season them by first blackening the fish and then topping it all with a coconut-chipotle-lime dressing.

Get the recipe from Le Creuset.


Pan-fried schnitzel with fried lemons and capers

You’ve never had a Schnitzel like this. And if you’ve never had a schnitzel, this tasty recipe is the place to start. (Now say it back five times quickly.)

Get the recipe from Le Creuset.


Lemony Risotto with fresh herbs and garlic

An Italian villa-themed birthday! (That’s the mood this dish gives.)

Get the recipe from Minimalist Baker.


Vegan Pasta Primavera with roasted vegetables

Rejoice that this is a meal that everyone can dig into and will cook over and over again, regardless of dietary restrictions.

Get the recipe from Minimalist Baker.


1-pot vegan white bean soup

A cozy accessory for an autumn or a cool spring evening. It’s so colorful too – nutritionists everywhere would be proud.

Get the recipe from Minimalist Baker.


Creamy vegan mushrooms Stroganoff

Trust me when I say that this dairy-free dish is e-ver-y-thing. Cheese or no cheese, this mushroom stroganoff does not save on creamy or deliciousness.

Get the recipe from Minimalist Baker.


Vodka Sauce and Green Bean Cauliflower Gnocchi

Who could get enough of this actual masterpiece of a meal? No one, not a single person. It really is the perfect birthday gift.

Get the recipe from The modern real.

Yes, pumpkin curry is on the menu and it’s an easy recipe for fall dinners. October birthday queens (I see you, Libras), this is for you.

Get the recipe from The Modern Proper.


Sesame Garlic Ramen Noodles

No, this one does not come from a cup. It’s the ~ elevated ~ version of ramen noodles, also called the meal of my dreams.

Get the recipe from The Modern Proper.


Filipino chicken Adobo

Run, do not go to your kitchen for this crowd-pleaser. If you have never cooked Filipino food, you have missed this chicken.

Get the recipe from The Modern Proper.

Stuffed shells are my love language, and this cheesy, ricotta-filled recipe calls for fresh lemon zest and spinach (which basically makes it a health food, right?)

Get the recipe from Love and Lemons.


Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe

Orecchiette is pretty much the sweetest pasta ever, and when combined with sautéed broccoli rabe and sun-dried tomatoes, it’s the ultimate crowd-pleasing dinner choice.

Get the recipe from Love and Lemons.


Creamy chicken pot pie soup

Yes indeed, this is a soup interpretation of a classic comfort food. Double the batch, because you will definitely go back in seconds.

Get the recipe from The Chunky Chef.


Frying cod with lemon and capers

Meals at the Michelin level are possible to obtain at home, and this dish is proof, I promise.

Get the recipe from The Kitchn.

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