I called my Grandmom Saturday afternoon, and she was so surprised I was calling. She thought we’d be rushing around trying to get ready for our St. Patrick’s Day party that night.
Nope! In fact, Kalen and Oakley were out a run. The kitchen already looked like this:
I let her in our secret, and I’ll tell you guys, too: Have everyone bring something. Seriously. Make an appetizer or two, and then be done with food. Concentrate on decorating (yessss) and cleaning (ehh), and you’ll be all set.
Kalen would totally make 5 million appetizers for our party (and they would all be delicious because he’s the best cook ever), but not having to feed a whole party full of people keeps the stress of having a party waaaaay down. Whenever our group of neighbors gets together, the rule applies there, too – everyone brings an appetizer. It’s really the perfect rule for entertaining.
Even though we don’t make a million appetizers at once, that doesn’t stop us from having way too many appetizer dishes. I just love having the perfect dish for whatever we’re making: guac and chips, little sandwiches, veggies and dip, whatever. I may not love making a bunch of party food, but I sure love eating it all!
I rounded up a few of my our favorite party dishes today – perfect for everyone gearing up for spring break parties, Easter, Mother’s Day/Father’s Day and finally, if they ever get here, summer parties!!
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My parents got us a Nora Flemming dish for Christmas, and guys, it is sooo cool. I had no idea these even existed, but of course my mom knew all about them.
You can swap out their ceramic charms on any of their dishes to instantly make a dish perfect for any occasion. They have a Christmas tree, a St. Patricks’ Day hat, a Valentine’s Day heart, a football, a wine bottle …. the list is endless, and you only have to store one dish! It’s perfect for us since we have so many appetizer dishes already. (Local Milwaukee folks, I buy a lot of my charms at Bittersweet in Delafield. For everyone else, Amazon has a lot of them!)
Oh, and that Wisconsin-shaped cheese board is of course available in other states. Wisconsin is just my favorite. 🙂
The perfect cups and bar tools are all so important for entertaining, too.
I realize wireless speakers aren’t technically party dishes, but I had to include them on our list because we use ours allll the time. They’re perfect for parties or nights out on the patio. (Can you tell I’m ready for summer?! Because I am.)
What are your favorite party dishes for entertaining?
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