Posted by on Jan 12, 2008 in Uncategorized

Cheese dip+ Party planning tips

As Super Bowl parties are being planned, I thought I’d put in my two cents about party planning. If any of you know me at all, you know that I LOVE to plan a party. Getting the guest list made, the decorations purchased, and the menu laid out is the best part.

I think I get a little over board sometimes, especially when I get into control freak mode. Justin and a few daring friends have told me to chill out.

Nonetheless, I do think the parties usually go very well. As long as there are not too many awkward moments, the audio and video are in sync, and everyone keeps their clothes on- Justin!

So, a few tips on party planning to make your life easier:

1. Forget serious cleaning BEFORE the party. As long as the toilet seat is clean and there are no cracker crumbs on the couch, RELAX! Its all going to get dirty anyway. Wait until after the party is over to do a mass cleaning. No one is going to notice a little bit of dust on your mantelpiece.

2. Don’t cook it all yourself. If you have friends like mine, they’ll insist on bringing something. If your friends aren’t as generous, make sure to include the word “Potluck” on the invitation.

3. If you’re throwing a casual party (like Super Bowl), don’t waste your time with nice dishes, glasses and flatware. Invest in some sturdy throwaways- like Chinet. Make sure the trash is easily noticeable and there is a place to throw away used cups/plates in every room that guests might congregate. Nothing is worse than finding a cup with a mystery substance days later.

4. Kid proof your house before everyone arrives. If there are breakables in reach of little ones, throw them into a back room for the party. (Okay, don’t literally throw them) Offer a place where the kids can play stocked with toys and paper towels! This way parents and kids can party without being overly-stressed.

And the last bit of advice is to have some really good food!

Here is the recipe for that cheese dip at the top of this post. We used it for pigs-in-a-blanket (with little smokies and croissants). But it would be good for lots of things, like veggies or chips. HELLO! Its cheese, good for anything!

In a medium sauce pan or small crock pot, combine:
1 can Campbell’s cheese soup
8 oz. French onion dip (Hiland’s brand works best)
8 oz. shredded cheddar cheese

Mix until well incorporated and cheese is melted. This can be thinned down with milk if needed. Serve warm.

The summer sausage in the pictures is some of the best ever made. Its called Thuringer. You can find it in gourmet meat shops or at Harter House. In my opinion, its best with goat cheese and Town House crackers.

Here are some other party foods that are a hit at my house:
Cheesy Garlic Crab Bites
Crab Rangoon
Jalepeno Poppers
Oreo Truffles
Coconut Shrimp with Pina Colada sauce
Creamy Garlic and Onion Meatballs
Strawberry Shortcakes

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