Small Group Meal Ideas


Our church small group meets once a week and we eat dinner together before Bible study.  Each week we sign up to bring something for the next weeks meal, such as drinks, cups, side dish, dessert, etc.  Well, I am scheduling the meals for the next few weeks to give the girl that normally does it a break.  I started googling ideas for themes or dinner ideas and nothing much came up for a while.  Eventually I read several posts and came up with a list of ideas.  I thought I would share in case you needed some ideas for a dinner party or potluck too:


Soup Night

People can bring soup, bread or cornbread, garnishes for the soup, dessert or drinks.

Comfort Foods

Each person or couple brings a dish that is comforting or nostalgic for them.  Mine would be macaroni and cheese or chocolate chip cookies.  Google comfort foods and tons of great recipes emerge.

Tailgating Appetizers

Wings, dips, sliders, pizza rolls, the possibilities are delicious and endless.

Breakfast at Night

Breakfast casserole, sausage balls, cinnamon rolls, bacon, fruit, juice, etc.

Salad Night

Bring any kind of salad: chicken salad, pasta salad, fruit salad.

Chili Night

chili, white chicken chili, bread/fritos, sour cream, cheese, hotdogs

Build Your Own Pasta

a few pastas to choose from, a couple of sauce choices (alfredo, marinara, pesto), garlic bread and then additions like chicken, mushrooms, roasted garlic, tomatoes, broccoli, peppers

Grill Night

everyone brings something to throw on the grill like: chicken, burgers, sausage, vegetables, etc

Baked Potato/Salad Bar

someone brings lettuce, someone brings baked potatoes, everyone else brings toppings for both

Pizza Night

order pizzas or make your own, you could even have a fruit pizza or dessert pizza

Crockpot Night
Keeps everyone from heating up their home.  Just bring a dish you make in the crockpot.  Pulled pork, mashed potatoes, soup, cheese dip, veggies, etc.

Chicago Night
Bring things like hot dogs, italian beef, polish sausage, deep dish pizza, german food, etc.

Cajun Night
Bring dishes from New Orleans, like beignets, jambalaya, gumbo, cornbread, etc.


Do you have any fun dinner night ideas?  Or suggestions?


Update:  your suggestions

Taco Night

Some people bring taco shells, tortilla chips or lettuce for taco salad.  Others bring toppings and the meat: chicken, beef, pork, beans, lettuce, tomato, sour cream, cheese, jalapenos, salsa, onion, cilantro

Weenie Roast

Someone brings hotdogs, buns, condiments (ketchup, relish, chili), smores, sides like potato salad or chips

Sweet or Savory Night


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  1. Thanks for these great ideas! I coordinate meals for my Life Group and was looking for some new ideas. A couple that we do that weren’t on your list: taco salad night, weenie roast, and sweet or savory.

  2. Thank you! I have also looked for ideas on the internet and have not found many… My husband and I host small group in our home each week and this was wonderful ideas! Nora

  3. Tank you for sharing! We are starting our small group again soon and we were looking for some options.

  4. Thanks for the blog post! I am a Community Group meal coordinator and am always on the look out for new ideas. Things that have worked great for us: Taco night, breakfast, Panera night (Soup, salad and sandwich), Sandwich night,
    Italian night, Chili cook-off with judging and prizes, (def one of the highlight nights), grilling, and baked potato bar.

  5. Using Sweet/savory night and Tailgating foods! We can add BBQ night and Breakfast for dinner to your list!

  6. Lynn Moon says:

    This site is just what I was looking for. Our small church group have a meal after the service and have fellowship together over a meal. I needed ideas and I got a lot here -Thank you. I will put this site on my favorites.

  7. Mel Diego says:

    Thank you! This really helps us out! Our small group was running out of ideas.

  8. Thanks for these ideas!

  9. We also do a Life Group and our theme this week is Around the world food. You pick a country and bring a food..Any and all..In March we do and Ireland themed food. October we do anything silly,spooky or scary. We have had some really neat creations. Thank you for this page it has helped me alot

  10. Our small church also has supper before Wednesday night service. We average about 20 people. We have done sloppy joes, chicken-n-dumplings, and poor man’s supper. One person usually does the main coarse then everyone else signs up to bring the rest. We rotate the main coarse person and sometimes share to keep the cost down.

Thanks for commenting!!