Every year, the weekend before St. Patrick’s Day, we attend a parade in my hometown with friends. Things have changed now that we all have children, but one thing remains the same – it’s all about good friends, good times and lots of fun. I like to host everyone after the parade, allowing the kids to play and the adults have a bite to eat. Duane Reade, one of my favorite stores, helped me pull it all together this year. With limited time, I only have to make one stop- instead of several – to get all the food I needed. Duane Reade seasonal merchandise also had me covered for decor and fun accessories.
I picked up bunch of snack and frozen foods to help me create an easy, quick-prep menu. I made sure to grab my favorite, the deLish brand Spinach and Artichoke dip. This dip is absolutely delicious paired with tortillas or pita chips – and fit in nicely with a green theme! I wanted foods that could easily go from freezer to tray – served hot – in a matter of minutes. For dessert, I wanted sweet snacks that I could ‘dress up’ a bit. I also made sure to pick out some seasonal items, like beaded necklaces and hats, that could double as decor and parade-wear.
I prepared the DeLish spinach and artichoke dip and served it in a pepper – the more green, the better! Paired with DeLish tortillas, it was gone pretty quickly!
I topped deLish crackers with a cheese spread and pepper and served several hot foods, like potstickers, mozzerella sticks and crostini.
For dessert, it was easy to turn the already delicious cookies into St. Patrick’s treats, like green chocolate-dipped cookies, ‘gold-coin’ cookies and dipped pretzels.
Tip: Melting chocolate comes in all colors. It’s an easy way to dress up basic treats to match the season, as I did with the cookies and pretzels dipped in green. As for the ‘gold-coin’ cookies, I used Nice! fudge mint cookies and an edible, gold chocolate paint. My four year old had fun making them with me and everyone loved the unique, gold cookies.
Seasonal items helped to make the table fun and festive…
and everyone enjoyed getting decked out for the parade!
No matter what kind of party or get-together I’m planning, I can always cut my to-do list in half and put on a GREAT party by shopping at Duane Reade.
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