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How to Host a Sips & Dips Party

Sips and Dips Party Theme is super easy to create! All your favorite dips surround
chips of all kinds and thirst-quenching sips are ready to be shared! 

Sips and Dips Party Theme

A Sips and Dips Party Theme is exactly what you need to use when you want to enjoy your party, and not think about things all night long.

Each Christmas season we host a giant cocktail party.

We invite 100+ of our friends to drop by and share some good food and good cocktails. Toasting to the holiday season and the new year ahead.

Having hosted this big party for several years, we’ve settled on a menu that’s good for all night long.

We invite people to drop in from 7 to 11 PM, however, most of the time people stay the whole evening.

living room decorated for christmas

The house is decked out for the season — we’re now up to 4 Christmas trees, lots of lights everywhere, and little vignettes.

It’s so fun to see how excited people get over all the decorations!

piano christmas decoration

This year, to make it super easy on myself, I knew I wanted to create a menu that was “fix it and forget it.”

So, I used several dip recipes, slow cookers, and “assemble ahead of time platters” to achieve this. 

I’ll walk you through the entire planning process!

How to Plan a Sips & Dips Party Theme

Sips and Dips Party Theme Idea

Quick Run Down:

  • Choose lots of dip recipes that used all kinds of ‘dipping vessels’ — tortilla chips, triscuits, pita crackers, ritz, club crackers, scoops, etc.
  • Buy ‘pre-chopped’ fruit and veggies trays, and reassembled on my own platters.
  • Add some easy meatballs and little smoke recipes to two slow cookers.
  • Purchase a couple of Chick-Fil-A nugget platters and put them on our own trays.
  • For the sips, wine and beer, and a signature cocktail: Jingle Juice (it’s a must-have each season!)!

What dips did I serve?

  1. Spinach Artichoke Dip
  2. Mexican Layered Dip
  3. Easy Greek Layered Dip
  4. Hissy Fit Dip

Tips for Make Ahead Dips:

Yes! All of these recipes you can make a couple of days ahead of time, then bake/fill platters, and serve.

Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipe

The baked dips (spinach artichoke and the hissy fit dip) were mixed up ahead of time, stored in air-tight containers in the fridge, and the day of the party they were baked off in their serving pieces. 

For the Saturday evening party, I mixed these dips up on Thursday evening. 

The Mexican Layer Dip, I made that on Friday evening.

creating greek layer dip

The evening of the party, I assembled the Greek Layered Dip, since it’s just opening a bunch of containers and dishing them out. Super easy!

Prep Ahead Task List:

Here are the things you can do the week before, leading up to your party.

  1. Have your home cleaned — seriously, it sounds over the top and slightly not necessary (everyone should be able to clean their home, right?!), but it’s one thing OFF your list you can delegate!
  2. Check your paper goods. Do you have enough paper plates (or if you’re using real plates, do you have enough?)? Napkins? Cups? What about hot cups for coffee/tea/hot chocolate?
  3. Purchase the wine, beer, and liquor for the signature cocktail.
  4. Gather your serving platters and serving utensils.
  5. Label each platter with a sticky note, noting what you’re going to be serving on it and what utensil you’ll need.
  6. Get out your drink dispenser, a tub/bucket for beer, and anything else you’ll need for the bar setup.

It’s a lot of work if you leave these things until the day of. By doing a couple of things each day, every small task leads to a more effortless party the day of!

The day of your party, gather all your things, and place them where they need to be.

To keep a party moving, serve items all over the house.

We like to serve drinks in the breakfast room, which connects to the dining room. 

To create more space, we move all the chairs away from the table and scooch the table up to the window.

This creates a larger gathering place, where people can mingle while grabbing a beverage.

Now, let’s chat about the Sips!

Make this easy on yourself — there is no reason for you to be making individual drinks for people all night long.

I’ve got two ways of handling drinks for a crowd…

First, you can serve from a drink dispenser.

This is what I do most of the time, and if I know I’ll need to refill, I’ll make up a second batch, that way I can just plop it into the dispenser when it gets low. 

Second, you can post the drink recipe in a frame, and have people help themselves.

For this option to work, make the drink recipe only a few ingredients. <<< So people aren’t coming to find you and interrupt your conversation to ask “how do I make the drink again?” ?

Here are some drink dispenser ready recipes for you to try!

Sips for a Crowd

Pin this to your favorite party board on Pinterest!

How to Host a Sips and Dips Party from Sweetpea Lifestyle

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  1. Wow there’s so many great ideas here! I’ve saved a few that I know I’m going to try soon! Thank you!

  2. That is such an amazing spread. Love the idea of having a sips and dips party. Pinning this for the holiday season. Thank you.

  3. I absolutely love this idea! Dips are my favorite appetizers, so this works out perfectly! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

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