Party Spreads and Dips

Every time I have a party, I try to serve the food at a certain time, and every time I am late getting it to the table. I'm so bad! So, I learned many years ago, that having a few party starters and hor d'oeurves solves the problem. Now I have to make sure I have THEM ready on time.

Most of my starters can be made the day before, so i just set them out when the guests arrive.

No Double Dipping, Please

Dips are easy to prepare, can be made ahead of time and taste good.

My kids always loved putting their finger in the frosting bowl when I was icing a cake, just to get a lick. We, as adults, still like to dip veggies, bread and fruit into some delicious concoction, just to get a taste.

Everything from Hummus to Fondue

If you don't have enough containers to display your dips, you can use round bread, hallowed out in the middle for the dip, bell peppers in red, green, yellow and orange. Large tomatoes make good serving bowls, as well as zucchini boats. Use your imagination!

Prepare your veggie dippers ahead: carrots, celery, cucumbers, broccoli, cauliflower are all sturdy enough and are good to prepare in advance.

Breads are easy to prepare by slicing or cubing. Pita bread and bagels, rye bread or pumpernickel can all be used.

Crackers of all varieties, tortilla chips, potato chips, bread sticks give you a selection of good dippers.

If you want to use fruit dips, dippers include chunks of angel food cake, cookies, marshmallows or pretzels.

Cheese Dips

Cheese Ball

1-8 oz. package cream cheese

1 jar dried beef (by Armor)

3 scallions or green onions, chopped

Make into a ball and roll in chopped walnuts. Refrigerate for 1/2 hour, at least. Serve with crackers.

Judy's Cheese Dip

Blend in blender until well mixed and creamy.

1 8 oz. cream cheese, softened

1 cup medium salsa

1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

Delicious! Serve with veggies.

Fish Dips and Spreads

Crabmeat Spread

1 8 oz package cream cheese, softened

1 can crab meat

1 teaspoon onion flakes

1 teaspoon lemon juice

Mix together and layer crab spread in a small glass serving bowl with cocktail sauce. Serve with crackers or bread.

Warm Crab Dip (in crockpot)

8 oz. cream cheese

8 oz. Velveeta cheese

1 cup sour cream

1 Tablespoon onion salt

1 small can mushrooms

1 cup crab meat

Mix all together. Put in crockpot and serve warm with crackers or bread.

Hot Shrimp Dip

1 can cream of shrimp soup, undiluted

1 8 oz package cream cheese, softened

1 cup sliced, pitted black olives

1 cup small cooked shrimp

In saucepan over medium heat, combine soup and cream cheese. Add olives and shrimp. Heat through. Seerve with butter-flavored crackers. Keep warm in chafing dish or fondue pot. Makes about 3 cups dip. Really delicious!

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Fruit Dips

Coconut Fruit Dip

1 can (8 oz) crushed pineapple, undrained

3/4 cup milk

1/2 cup sour cream

1 package(3.4 oz) instant coconut cream pudding mix

Blend in blender for 1 minute or until smooth. Serve with fresh pineapple spears, grapes or strawberries. Yummy!

Easy Fruit Dip

1 16 oz carton sour cream

1 small package instant vanilla pudding

Mix together a day ahead. It gets creamier as it sits. Serve with fresh fruit. Strawberries are the best!

Fruit Spread

1 10 oz jar apple jelly

1 10 oz can pineapple pieces

1 small jar horseradish

white pepper to taste

Mix until smooth in blender. Refrigerate overnight. Serve over 3 blocks (8 oz each) cream cheese.

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Steve 6 years ago

That's great!!!

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judydianne 6 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL Author

Thanks, Steve! I know you've had most of these!

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febriedethan 6 years ago from Indonesia

Judy, this is very creative and great idea for party. Thank you for sharing.

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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

Yum! I love new party recipes!

BTW, I'll be in your area next month. We're going to Port Richey for vacation. Do you know a lot about the area? I've never been before.

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judydianne 6 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL Author

Holle, I used to live in New Port Richey. Your best bet is to go to Clearwater Beach or Busch Gardens in Tampa. Depends on what kind of vacation you like.

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judydianne 6 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL Author

febriedethan, thank you very much for the comments.

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oceansnsunsets 6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

Hi Judy, these dips sound fantastic! I like the idea of preparing them the day before. They look wonderful, and I can't wait to try and make them myself.

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judydianne 6 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL Author

I like the idea that you can spend more time with your guests if you are able to make things ahead. I hope you enjoy the recipes, oceansnsunsets.

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eventsyoudesign 5 years ago from Nashville, Tennessee

Great article. I love a good party. It is so much fun to cook for others. I like your ideas. Thanks for sharing. Teresa

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Charity Squid 5 years ago

I like you hub. I definetly will try your fruit dips. They sound so good!!

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judydianne 5 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL Author

Thanks, Charity Squid. I hope you like them!

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