Attempting three courses can be daunting. Keep your dinner party plans simple with an easy starter you can rustle up in moments. Both this Spanish-inspired dish of prawns, roasted peppers and saffron mayo, and crumble-topped, chestnut-stuffed mushrooms can be assembled ahead with just the ciabatta to toast and mushrooms to bake before serving. Plus, they're easy to multiply, if you need to.
For something super elegant, plates of this salmon and beetroot carpaccio are a great no-cook option, or for a more informal affair, get baking the day before to make these hearty fig and shallot rolls to serve with a gooey baked Camembert or Brie so that guests can tear, share and dunk as they like.