How To Throw A Last-Minute Party

I am always forgetting I volunteered to do things. Like host a meeting at my house — with 15-20 people. At dinner time.

Seriously, y’all. It’s ridiculous. I actually write these things on my calendar. And then I forget to check my calendar.

Last week I got a phone call from the gal who chairs my Junior League committee this year. She wanted to chat about the agenda before our meeting that evening.


Oh crap.

I quickly agreed the agenda sounded fantastic and started going through my fridge and pantry like a mad woman.

Here’s what I put together with about two hours until the ladies started knocking at my door. (I did make a quick trip to the store and may not have showered but hey, there was food. And wine. Lots and lots of wine.)

Best Bruschetta Ever – made with the last of my summer tomatoes and my basil plant
Super Simple Spin Dip – see recipe below
Veggie tray with hummus and ranch – bought at store, taken out of package and displayed on pretty tray
Assorted cheeses and crackers
Chocolate Chip Caramel Pretzel Cookies (I had this dough in the freezer, but you could use any packaged cookie dough)
Nutella-Stuffed Strawberries (using this recipe, sub Nutella)

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last minute party 2

best spinach artichoke dip 2_small

How To Throw A Last-Minute Party


4 cloves garlic

1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained

1 (14 ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained WELL and chopped

1 (10 ounce) container roasted garlic Alfredo-style pasta sauce (Classico or Paul Newman)

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

4 ounces cream cheese, softened


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place garlic in a small baking dish. Bake in the preheated oven 20 to 30 minutes, until soft. Remove from heat. When cool enough to touch, squeeze softened garlic from skins.

Combine the roasted garlic, spinach, artichoke hearts, Alfredo-style pasta sauce, mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, and cream cheese until well-mixed. Pour into an 8x8 pan and bake for 30 minutes, or until cheeses are melted and bubbly. Serve warm with pita chips.

Adapted from allrecipes.

Roasting the garlic first is key to how good this is. You can mix all the ingredients ahead of time and just bake right before serving. If you double the recipe, it makes enough for a 9x13 pan.

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