Snack ideas for a party this weekend?

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Snack ideas for a party this weekend?
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Thu, 10-13-2011 - 1:13pm

We're having a party this Sunday and I'm tired of all the same old snacks!

We're "Nintendo Brand Enthusiasts" so the party is to showcase one of Nintendo's new Wii products. One of the games is an ice cream scooping contest, so they asked us to have an ice cream sundae bar as part of the party. (Twist my arm!) :smileywink: I got some great ideas for that part from How to Plan the Perfect Ice Cream Social, but I could really use some snack ideas.

I scheduled the party at 2pm and mentioned the ice cream sundae bar. I think that makes it clear that there won't be a meal served. Regardless, I'd like to provide guests with something else to snack on besides just ice cream and sweets.

I'm going to do something like this with veggies in a cup with ranch dip. I think it's good for the parents and makes veggies look a little more fun for kids.

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I'll also put out some bowls of goldfish crackers in various spots for the kids.

Other than that all I can think of is cheese & crackers, summer sausage, and other boring things. I need something quick and easy - preferably no cooking - since I'll be pretty busy with everything else happening during the party. Should I just go with easy out-of-the-bag munchies?

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Thu, 10-13-2011 - 1:23pm

What about white chocolate wii remotes?

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Thu, 10-13-2011 - 1:50pm

How about meatballs? You can make them up ahead of time and freeze them, then toss the sauce ingredients into a crock pot the morning of the party and add the meatballs then? Or, if you're really pressed for time, just use some of the frozen ones from the supermarket.

We do Cajun style Swedish meatballs; it's the sauce that really makes them different.
2 can 8 oz tomato sauce
2 cups V-8 juice
1 to 1 1/2 cups Jack Miller Bar-b-que sauce (That's a local brand; you can substitute your own favorite)
2 cups water

I toss all the into my crock pot, heat it up and then add the meatballs. Sometimes I add a bit of brown sugar; not enough to really make it sweet, just to add a depth to the sauce.

Another treat we serve a lot is those little cocktail wieners, wrapped up in the dough from a can Pillsbury Frenchbread sticks. I cut each raw breadstick into four pieces, then stretch it out and wrap the cocktail wiener, kind of like pigs in a blanket. One can of breadsticks usually does about 40 cocktail wieners. Put them on a cookie sheet at the temp on the breadstick directions and bake until golden brown. They don't have to be served piping hot; they're good are room temperature, and the kids actually love helping to prep them.

Good luck with your party; it sounds like loads of fun!

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Thu, 10-13-2011 - 1:55pm
How cute are those!?!? How do people come up with these things?
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Thu, 10-13-2011 - 1:59pm
southern_style wrote:

Another treat we serve a lot is those little cocktail wieners, wrapped up in the dough from a can Pillsbury Frenchbread sticks. I cut each raw breadstick into four pieces, then stretch it out and wrap the cocktail wiener, kind of like pigs in a blanket. One can of breadsticks usually does about 40 cocktail wieners. Put them on a cookie sheet at the temp on the breadstick directions and bake until golden brown. They don't have to be served piping hot; they're good are room temperature, and the kids actually love helping to prep them.


That's funny you mentioned those. I was looking at Ghoulish Goodies for Halloween and saw something similar. They made them look like bloody fingers for Halloween. I saw some the other day that were billed as Halloween Mummies and had little dots of mustard for eyes. So cute! I will keep this on my list. I also like the meatball idea - especially since I can buy them premade and just pop them in the crockpot!

Thanks so much!


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Thu, 10-13-2011 - 3:27pm
We make those also, but using the crescent rolls. Keep two of the triangles into a rectangle (pinching them together), and you can cut each into 10 pieces (5 lenghthwise, than one across).

What about a 7 layer dip, or either fruit or veggie pizza?

Chelsea

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Thu, 10-13-2011 - 4:34pm

Lots of fun ideas here already! A few more suggestions:

-Flavored popcorn (buy pre-made or make your own with parmesan, paprika, cinnamon sugar, pizza spices, etc.)

-Grill plain or Italian sausages, cut them into slices and serve with mustard for dipping

-Apples (in season now!) with caramel sauce or cheddar cheese

-Tortilla chips with salsa, guacamole and black bean dip

-Roasted chickpeas are a fun (and healthy snack)

-Puff pastry is amazing for quick tarts. Just top a large sheet with some vegetables and cheese and bake off! Or make it a dessert with sweet toppings.

-Lisa Cericola, senior editor, iVillage Food

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Fri, 10-14-2011 - 1:37pm
Thanks Lisa! Maybe I'll do brie in a puff pastry for the adults and apples and cheese for the kids. I love the flavored popcorn idea too!
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Sun, 10-30-2011 - 5:43pm

Second the meatballs idea. They can be little time consuming to make, but they keep well and taste good even if they've cooled down.

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Tue, 11-01-2011 - 1:45pm

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Wed, 11-02-2011 - 8:34am
Butter pecan brown sugar glaze for little smokies? Sounds like an ice cream topping, not a hot dog topping!! I'm curious, could you share that one, please?


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