I can’t believe 2018 is only a month away! This past year has been such a whirlwind with trying to balance a crazy work life with family life, whilst also still finding time for friends and other hobbies, like travelling, healthy living, or just taking a breather with a good book and a glass of wine. Sometimes it’s so easy to get stuck on your endless todos but working hard is really only worth it if you kick up for your feet every now and then and toast to whatever it is you achieved that day or week. I’m all about celebrating the big stuff like holidays, birthdays and big achievements (hello, first day of Kindgarten for Isabelle!) but there are also so many smaller reasons to celebrate, like getting a great work gig, wrapping up a project, having a clean house, healthy kids after weeks of a stubborn cold, or just toasting to love and friendship without any particular reason in doing so (having fabulous people in your lives is reason enough to celebrate every day). Life is too short not to spend it celebrating, am i right?
When we host a get-together with friends and family, the last thing I want to be doing is spending the whole time in the kitchen rather than having fun with my guests. We had friends over last week for an early Christmas get-together slash an “it’s been too long and we desperately needed to catch up” potluck dinner where everyone brought over one easy snack for a full table of deliciousness to be shared over a ton of laughter. I love this style of get-together because it means trying new things and no one having to spend too much time in the kitchen.
One of my all-time favourite party foods that is perfect for serving at home or bringing to a potluck style get-together is tortilla chips with three dips. There’s just something so classic about chips and dip and it’s always been something we’ve served at home since I was a little kid whenever there was a reason to celebrate, big or small. I love the Tostitos multigrain scoops because you can really load up on dip! For dips, I use the Tostitos roasted garlic salsa (the classic mild and medium salsas are also perfect) and then add two homemade dips – a classic guacamole as well as a hot spinach and artichoke dip. Putting everything together takes me only 15 minutes of prep time! Plus the half an hour it takes for the spinach and artichoke dip to bake and the guacamole to cool down in the fridge, but I use that time to put my tablescape together and throw on a party outfit (also known as anything that isn’t sweats). And, you know, run a brush through my hair and put on a little mascara and lipstick. Full party food, decor, and a put-together looking mama in 45 minutes? Yes, please!
Recipes for both of these easy and delicious dips below!
Classic Guacamole Recipe
- 3 avocados, mashed
- 1 lime, juiced
- 2 plum tomatoes, diced
- 1/2 medium onion, diced
- 2 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 tsp salt
Step 1 . In a bowl, mash the avocados together with the lime juice and salt.
Step 2 . Add the tomatoes, onion, and cilantro, and mix.
Step 3 . Refrigerate for 1 hour.
Hot Spinach + Artichoke Dip Recipe
- 1 cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
- 1 can (14 oz) artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
- 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softenened
- 1/3 cup parmesan cheese, grated
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1/4 tsp salt
Step 1 . Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Step 2 . In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, parmesan cheese, mayonnaise, sour cream, garlic, and salt. Mix in spinach and artichoke hearts.
Step 3 . Transfer to a baking dish. Bake in oven for 25-30 minutes, until lightly browned.
Whilst on the topic of quick and easy hosting, this tablescape took me all of 10 minutes to put together. My favourite way of decorating a table that is both quick and looks really impressive is to use in-season greenery as a base and mix in a ton of candles. For this table, I used evergreen branches (perfect for Christmas!) and mix-and-matched black and white candles I have around the house. For the place setting, I dressed up your basic white plates with patterned salad plates (these are Marimekko in the small and large circle prints), as well as gold cutlery from CB2. I added linen napkins from H&M and topped with mix-and-match Christmas ornaments. Et voilà! So easy.
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Tostitos. All thoughts and opinions are my own.