Organizing a progressive dinner is a terrific way to entertain, involve more people in the planning and a great way to meet new people. 

Hors d’oeuvre of a coconut chicken on sugar cane skewers

When we plan this type of dinner, we suggest the organizers hold it in no more than three different homes. Everyone gathers for hors d’oeuvres and fun beverages at the first home, moves on for the main course at the second and ends with dessert at the last home. We find that three locations keeps travel time to a minimum. 

Ponzu beef with wisabi potato salad

A progressive dinner does take more time, so allow for a three-to-four hour evening. When we plan a progressive dinner, we also like to select a theme to give continuity to the evening. 

The challenge of getting people to move on to the next location can be remedied by offering a prize to the first couple at each location. 

Maxine Turner is the president of Cuisine Unlimited and contributes monthly blogs about food, catering, trends and more to