Party Panache, Breezy Easy Party Recipes and Shortcuts!

Many prayers for the Bahamas, Florida, and the whole East US coast as they deal with Hurricane Dorian…we were lucky this time and didn’t have anything but sunshine and fun on the Gulf Coast for Labor Day…

We had 20 at our house for dinner Friday and Saturday night,

 I tried to make it as easy as I could!

Poor CC, she broke her arm last week,

She couldn’t go swimming, but she was very proud of her pink sparkly cast!

She was a real trooper and enjoyed her status as the only girl cousin among 7 rowdy boys!

Friday night we celebrated 2 family birthdays

HHjr cooked 2 huge pork butts for BBQ pulled pork sliders,

and we had “THE” Salad, and a big bowl of watermelon,

with a Football birthday cake for dessert to kick off the football season

I got a lot of help from my local Publix,*  the cake was a big hit!

Saturday we got 2 party trays for game day noshing…

Popcorn chicken

Italian Pinwheels

I did make an easy dip at the last minute

It is a crowd pleaser that you can assemble it in a flash πŸ“Έ

Celery sticks form a perimeter around the dip,

making it not only look festive, but hard to resist grabbing one…

Place a bowl of sturdy chips or crackers nearby and it’s a party!

Pssst…this dip is fabulous to use for twice baked potatoes, see method in the printable recipe below


This 5 minute prep dip is a great addition to twice baked potatoes too!
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 16


  • 16 oz. sour cream
  • 16 oz. cream cheese softened
  • 2 oz. dry Ranch dressing mix
  • 1 1/2 cups grated extra sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 2.8 oz package bacon bits {Oscar Mayer}
  • 2 green onions chopped reserving some of the green tops for garnish

Breezy Twice Baked Potatoes

  • 2 cups Breezy Cheese Dip
  • 4 baking potatoes
  • 4 Tbsp butter



  • Combine sour cream and cream cheese. Stir in ranch dressing mix. Add cheese, bacon bits and 2/3 of the scallion pieces. Stir to combine and distribute ingredients evenly.
  • Place into a serving dish {I used a white casserole dish} and line edges with celery sticks. Garnish with reserved scallion pieces. Can be made in advance and refrigerated until serving.

Breezy Twice Baked Potatoes

  • Bake Idaho or Russet potatoes until done. Let cool for 30 minutes. Carefully slice a thin piece of potato off the top so you can scoop out the insides.
  • Carefully scoop out cooked potato, leaving an intact potato shell. Place potato into a mixing bowl with softened butter, 1 Tablespoon per potato.
  • Cover bowl and let sit for 15 minutes, then stir butter into potato. Add as much of the dip as you want to the potato mixture and mash/stir to combine. Scoop all this back into shells, filling to overflowing and shape/mash filling with your hands to smooth it out.
  • Refrigerate until baking time. Bake filled potatoes uncovered at 350 for 30-45 minutes until heated through.


Note: This recipe makes about 4 cups of dip. Reduce ingredients by half or more to make less
Keyword 5 min prep, crack dip, dip, easy party dip, football food, party appetizer, ranch dip

Here are a few other no sweat recipes that will get you out of the kitchen fast!

Chardonnay Dip

Marinara Ricotta Dip

Wedge Salad Dip

Pumpkin Butternut Squash Holiday Queso

Spirals are one of my go to easy apps,

Even though I opted to order a platter this time,

Here are a few that are perfect for Fall gatherings and

They can be made quickly and they are always gobbled up!

Pumpkin Walnut Spirals

White Cheddar Cranberry Almond Spirals

Spinach & Bacon Spirals

Sweet Potato Spirals

Spinach & Artichoke Dip Spirals

Enjoy your fall gatherings with easy recipes and a little help prepared party foods!

*Publix party platters:  Special order the platters 24 hours in advance, it’s so easy to do online and you can even pay online and all you have to do is walk in and pick it up or get someone to pick it up on their way over…

Or if you have Shipt in your area, you can get your Shipt shopper to bring it to you!

I am not being compensated by Publix or Shipt, just sharing some ways to save you time and energy when feeding a crowd~

Click on the recipe titles to go to the other recipes


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All About Home Common Ground & Follow the Yellow Brick Home

Tasty Tuesday   Oh My Heartsie Girl  Full Plate Thursday

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31 Responses to “Party Panache, Breezy Easy Party Recipes and Shortcuts!”
  1. Jodi says:

    Who could pass up that dip!!!!!! Beautiful family Jenna! Love CC in the pink cast πŸ’•

  2. Jessica says:

    Wow! I want to eat at your house! 😊😊 Sounds so delicious and beautiful pictures. You’re on the Gulf coast? We vacation there every year- Dauphin Island. 🐠🐠

  3. Darling CC is rocking her pink cast. Jenna, I love your family photos. I still say you are the Martha Stewart of Alabama, how do you do it all?!!! The food looks fabulous and I know the weekend was fun. Now enjoy some down time.

  4. What a delightful feast!

  5. Cyndi Raines says:

    What a feast! Thank your for yet another tasty recipe and a great way to use up celery, which I need to do! We never seem to get through the whole stalk and it goes bad. Glad you had a fun weekend and Labor Day and love the family pics. How cool that not only is CC’s cast pink, but has sparkles! πŸ˜ƒ (Yes, we too, are praying for our southern states and the Bahamas.)

  6. Rita C. says:

    Love seeing your family all gathered, Jenna. What a crew, and CC is the princess (tough one, no doubt) among the cousins. My sister came to WV, fleeing from Dorian. Still hoping it makes its way before Christmas……..good Lord, that thing is slow.

  7. Mary says:

    Oh poor CC Jenna…love that her cast is pink & sparkly πŸ™‚ Would love that dip on a baked potato! We have Publix 5 minutes away now, so exciting!

  8. Benita says:

    So glad you guys had a great time! Love that pink, sparkly cast! I just got some pink highlights in my hair, so we would match! Glad Alabama pulled out the win, but they better tighten up! Hugs!

  9. pattyanneart says:

    Beautiful family pics, Jenna!! That dip looks delicious! πŸ˜‹

  10. Twenty is plenty but you definitely pulled it off in grand style. It all looks so tasty — and i”ll bet that beautiful family of yours loved it!

  11. Jill Kuhn says:

    Sounds like a fun day with your family! πŸ’•πŸ˜ Love the pic of your grands – all smiling!
    Glad you had good weather too… I have been thinking of you. 🌞 Your dip looks delish and it would be a great topper for baked potatoes! πŸ‘

  12. Nancy says:

    The dip sounds delicious!!

    What a lovely family you have!

  13. Kitty says:

    I loved seeing your family pictures, Jenna! You all sure know how to have fun and eat well!!

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