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Why You Should Serve Cheesy Dip at Your Next Party

Cheesy dip is a classic party appetizer that is always a hit. It is delicious, easy to make, and versatile. Whether you are hosting a casual get-together or a formal event, cheesy dip is a great way to feed your guests and get the party started.

Here are some reasons why you should serve cheesy dip at your next party:

  • It is delicious. Who doesn't love melted cheese? Cheesy dip is a crowd-pleaser that everyone will enjoy. It is the perfect appetizer to serve with chips, vegetables, or bread.
  • It is easy to make. There are many different recipes for cheesy dip, so you can find one that fits your taste and skill level. Most recipes only require a few simple ingredients that you probably already have on hand.
  • It is versatile. Cheesy dip can be served with a variety of different dippers, such as chips, vegetables, or bread. This makes it a great option for parties with a variety of guests.
  • It is affordable. Cheesy dip is a relatively inexpensive appetizer to make. The ingredients are all relatively inexpensive, and you can make a large batch for a crowd.
  • It is a conversation starter. Cheesy dip is a great way to get people talking and mingling at your party. It is a fun and easy appetizer that everyone can enjoy.

If you are looking for a delicious, easy, versatile, affordable, and conversation-starting appetizer for your next party, cheesy dip is the perfect choice.

Here are 8 of my FAVORITE cheesy dip recipes.

Cast Iron Queso by Homebody Eats

Cheesy Pizza Dip by Centsless Meals

Beer Cheese Dip by Spend with Pennies

Herb Honey Whipped Ricotta Dip by Through the Fibro Fog

Bacon Cream Cheese Dip by Finding Zest

Hatch Green Chile Fundido by The Olives Branch

15 Minute Queso by Joyous Apron

Vegan Chili Cheese Dip by Peas and Crayons

Here are some additional tips for serving cheesy dip at your party:

  • Make sure the dip is warm and gooey when you serve it. No one wants to eat cold cheese dip!
  • Provide a variety of dippers so that everyone can find something they like. Some popular dippers include tortilla chips, vegetables, and bread.
  • Serve the dip in a crockpot or slow cooker so that it stays warm throughout the party.
  • Set out some napkins and wet wipes so that guests can clean up after themselves.
  • Have fun! Cheesy dip is a great way to relax and enjoy your party.
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Creepy Halloween Cocktails

 Halloween is near, and that means it is time to start planning some parties, setting the scene with ghoulish decorations, and of course, mixing up some festive drinks! This collection has some completely creepy cocktails that you might want to make this year.

From blood bags that are ghastly, to an oozing green tonic that is sure to set your senses to spook. This round up has so many fun ideas. These are meant for grown ups, so please, if you want to make these and share them, do so responsibly!  Click through the links below for the full recipes.

My easy Pretzel Mummy Snack Idea pairs well with cocktail hour too!

Blood Bag Punch by Gastronom

Camp Crystal Lake Punch by Cheese Curd in Paradise

Halloween Green Sangria by Slow the cook Down

Halloween Sangria by The Forked Spoon

Shimmering Witches Brew by Tikido

Bloody Eyeball Cocktail by Ann’s Entitled Life

Ghostini by Tonya Staab

Halloween Sangria by Basil and Bubbly

Demon Juice Cocktails by Crayons and Cravings 

Halloween Tonic by Ottawa Mommy Club

I have so many fun Halloween ideas on site. If you are looking for more ways to get into the spirit, you might like 25 Deliciously Scary Snacks. Why Not Make a Halloween Tree and let your guests decorate it at the party?

Turn Your Summer Dinner Party Into The Best Foodie Event Of The Year

 While there are several foodie events that people can attend throughout the year, there is nothing quite as wholesome as hosting your own food event. 

Food events are most popular during the warmer months thanks to being able to spend more time outside. From home barbeques to food festivals, there is always a lot that happens during the summer to satisfy those foodies among us.

Should you be someone that loves to host people and cook good food, then why not host your own summer dinner party and turn it into the foodie event of the year? Whether you want to cook a barbeque or an inside dinner party, here are all of the tips that you need to host the best foodie event of the year.

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Make homemade dips and sauces

Although you might think that cooking all of your ingredients from scratch is enough, it will enhance your dishes if you make your own sauces and dips. 

Store-bought dips and sauces are nice. But, they aren’t the same as a homemade concoction. The great thing about homemade dips and sauces is that you can add more flavor or diverse ingredients to make them unique. You might be able to throw something together that your friends and family ask you to make them time and time again because it was just so yummy.

For example, you could make a homemade tzatziki for your crudite platter and a sticky orange sauce for your barbecued chicken. 

It can take a lot of time to make all of your sauces and dips from scratch, so you might want to get started way ahead of the party so that you can enjoy cooking the main ingredients on the day.

Have a range of drinks on offer

The best parties are those that have a wide range of drinks on offer. You might only host adults, however, some guests might want a soft drink. 

Therefore, having a range of soft and alcoholic drinks will ensure that every guest is satisfied. 

To make your soft drinks extra special, you could throw together some mocktails and hand out your drinks in fancy glassware. 

Allow guests to bring their own recipes

Whether your friend wants to bring their fantastic summer sauteed corn and squash or lentil curry, let them. The more food, the merrier the party will be. 

When a guest asks to bring a dish with them, it isn’t because they don’t trust your cooking. Instead, it will likely be because they want to show off a new recipe that they have mastered. 

Sharing recipes and allowing people to bring their own food will also ensure that there is plenty to go around. If your food is that good, your guests might demolish it. Hence, having some extra food will make sure that guests never go hungry. 

Set the atmosphere

Like a professional food event, you should set the atmosphere. To do so, you could:

  • Add decorations. Having your home and garden fully decorated will make the summer dinner party feel like an expert summer foodie event. Making your interior look the part will not go unnoticed and you will look like a host that really cares about their guests. 

  • Create a theme. To make your foodie event unique and memorable, you could create a theme. This theme could run into the food choices, drink options, decorations, and dress code. For instance, you could create a Mexican-themed dinner party and make tacos, and margarita cocktails, and ask guests to dress in red, white, and green. 

  • Don’t forget the music. Any ultimate summer party (food-based or not) will have music playing in the background. This will set the mood and get people in the party spirit. Again, this could align with your theme and further enhance the fun of your foodie event. 

Small and picky snacks and desserts

Before and after your guests eat, you will want to give them a little something to satisfy them. They might have not eaten all day to save themselves for your feast. Therefore, don’t forget to put out some pre-dinner snacks. This could be fancy canapes or a simple table of crisps, vegetable sticks, homemade dips, and nuts. 

Likewise, don’t forget to offer your guests a sweet treat to finish off their meals with. If you have prepared a large meal, then it is often best to make small and picky desserts. Something like bite-sized brownies, cookies, or homemade chocolate is perfect so that guests can balance out their palates. 

Smart & Budget-Friendly Ideas For A Hen-Do Or Milestone Bday


Why do kid's parties always sound so much more fun than adult's? It's not necessarily a case of losing your inner child in the process of adulthood. More often than not, adult parties lack a certain je-ne sais-quoi. We forget the things that used to be exciting and enjoyable. 

So it's time to bring back some much-needed fun into your events, whether you are planning a hen-do or a milestone birthday party. You could go for something unusual, like an escape room party. Yet, there are 3 things you want to keep in mind:

  • Keep it budget-friendly

  • Keep it safe and not too unhealthy

  • Keep it light-spirited

Here are some ideas to elevate your grown-up celebrations. 

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Don't let the cake go to waste

Do you remember attending kid's birthday parties and heading back home with a slice of cake carefully packed by your friend's mother? Nowadays, most parties lead to a high amount of waste. Understandably, most participants are far too busy catching up and chatting to eat cake. So what happens to the delicious treats prepared or bought specifically for the occasion? They tend to finish in the bin! 

So, let's make party cakes exciting again by preparing some safe takeaway boxes for your guests. You can even order stickers to personalize the box, such as a cute thank you note or a simple message about the party. That way, your guests can safely bring back the slice of cake they couldn't eat. They're guaranteed to get up with a big smile on their faces the next day! 

Plan low-key boozy treats

Upset stomach? Headache? Not being able to remember what happened the night before? We've all been to a wild party in our youth where the flows of alcohol took away both our sanity and memories... The problem is that some people just never know when to stop. So, why not replace the typical bottles of alcohol with homemade boozy popsicles, which are fun and less likely to lead to a hungover the next day? There's something hugely playful and exciting about popsicles, so your guests are probably going to consume less alcohol without sacrificing any of the fun! 

Another exciting way to reduce alcohol consumption is to bring delicious mocktails to the table. Flavorsome drinks do not need any alcohol, and they'll still feel grown-up. 

Get the conversation started with props

How many photos do people take at parties? The number decreases as the average attendance age increases. In other words, the older you get, the less likely you are to capture memorable moments at a party. You may have a handful of selfies but very few mementos of who was there. So, why not create group activities that can help people relax and get to know each other while taking photos? You could prepare a box filled with fun props such as oversized glasses or wigs and let y our guests take humorous pictures. Alternatively, if you want to help them break the ice, why not add some challenges, such as asking guests to recreate a famous scene of their favorite movies using props, for example? 

Can adults have fun at parties again without breaking the bank? Contrary to common belief, you can have a fantastic time filled with excitement at and after a party with simple planning tips. 

Birthday Party Planning

My little boy isn't so little anymore. In just a few weeks he will be turning 10. It doesn't seem possible does it? He is almost as tall as I am. He is super smart, at any given time you can find him writing a book, doodling city scapes, or building epic Lego creations. Recently, he has been making lists of who to invite to his birthday party, and trying to decide what theme he wants it to be. Planning a party is a lot of fun!

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This year, to give my son a chance to be hands on in the planning, we are turning to Basic Invite to create the invitations of his dreams. This has been so much fun for the kid because they are one of the few websites that offer unlimited color combinations. Creating one of a kind birthday party invitations is easy and fun. Even my almost ten year old can do it.

We have been impressed with the quality of the paper the invites are printed on and the vast assortment of color options for envelopes. To make the invitations really special, while saving your time, you can take advantage of the free addressing service that Basic Invite offers. My son thinks this is a really cool feature, and I would have to agree. It makes the invitations seem even classier!

If I were not planning a party for ten year old boys, but maybe my parents, I would use this company for 70th birthday invitations. Teens will also love creating party invitations with this site. There are so many ways to make an invitation to a party, a graduation or even a wedding special with this easy to use site.

Now that we have the invitations covered, we are deciding what kind of party favors we need. We are having a retro arcade party this year and need some really great goodies to share with friends that are totally rad and 80's inspired. If you have any ideas, I hope you will leave me a comment to inspire our goodies bags!

Tell Me About It Tuesday 4/7

Welcome to Tell Me About It Tuesday!
If you are new here we are glad to have you with us! If you are a returning party guest, it is a pleasure to see you again!
As always,
Thanks to our hosts!

Let me tell you about my life since the last party:

Sweet Silly Sara has been a busy lady as of late! Baking, cooking, cleaning, blogging, creating, working and the most important mommying. The kids are great, they are growing, they are healthy, they are gorgeous.

I would love for you to leave me a comment. Tell Me About It, I want to hear about your week!

Okay, now on to the good stuff

The most clicked link was

April's favorite was:

Grocery Store Scavenger Hunt by Play 2 Learn With Sarah

Sara's favorite was:

Banana Blueberry Muffins by Mommy on Demand

Jacqui's favorite was:

Ranch Chicken... by An Everyday Blessing

Thank you for dropping by to link up. I can't wait to see what you have to share this week!
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Every link in this party will be visited and pinned to our Tell Me About It Tuesday board, so show us what you've got!