Meal Planning Monday ~ Party Time!

This week’s post is by Leah Kelley.

            Let’s talk party food this week!  I love this time of year, not only is it warm but there’s also a lot of different parties and get-togethers going on – Cinco de Mayo, Derby parties, graduations, and baby showers to name a few.  Personally, I love a good grill out…  Hot dogs, hamburgers, and potato salad – just the thought makes me hungry!  Most of us have our go-to party food we like to make.  For me, it’s Dill Potato Salad and Buffalo Chicken Dip, because both are easy to make and delicious. I thought I’d share some other ideas for party food.  Here’s what I made this past weekend for a girls’ gathering at my house.

Caprese Kabobs ~ These not only are super easy to make, but also delicious.  Fresh mozzarella, basil leaves, cherry tomatoes, and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar, skewered on a toothpick. 

Chocolate Fondue ~ Scentsy is coming out with a new fondue line and we were lucky enough to preview it.  We tried the dark chocolate with brownie bites, Rice Krispy treats, and angel food cake pieces for dipping. 

Buffalo Chicken Dip ~ Frank’s Red Hot Sauce has a great recipe for this dip.

Beer Bread with Garlic – Garlic dip and Herb dip ~ This was my first time trying anything from Tastefully Simple and it was great!

Veggie Tray with Peppers, Carrots, and Cucumbers ~ Veggie trays are so simple and great especially on a hot summer day. 

Strawberry Basil Sangria ~ I almost didn’t want to share this with my guests it was so good! 


Strawberry Basil Sangria  (From 


  • ½ lb. of fresh strawberries
  • 1 apple
  • 1 ounce of fresh whole basil leaves
  • 1 bottle of Cline Cellar’s Cool Climate Chardonnay
  • ½ cup organic sugar
  • 1 cup of club soda
  • 1 cup of white grape juice


1. Trim and thinly slice the strawberries.

2. Slice and dice the apple into very small bits.

3. Score the basil leaves with a fork.  (I did this instead of cutting the leaves into strips as I did not want my guests choking on basil while trying to enjoy this drink). Simply just rub the basil leaves gently with a fork in order to release their flavor in the sangria.

4. Layer the fruit, sugar and basil in a large pitcher and let sit for about 10 minutes. This is just to let the sugar absorb the juices from the basil and the fruit. You’ll see it turn a bit red.

5. Add the club soda first and then the remaining liquids.  Stir well and serve.

I used 2 cups of dry champagne instead of the club soda and white grape juice.  You could also use sparkling white grape juice to replace the Chardonnay for a great non-alcoholic treat!