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Potluck Party Must Have

Posted by terrepruitt on June 20, 2013

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaSomeone once said to me they love my food blog.  Eeek!  My blog is not a food blog.  I want it to be about health and wellness so yes, food plays a part in that, but it is not the only thing.  I really like to share about Nia.  But I have also mentioned before that food is international.  Everyone eats.  Seems like people like to see what other people are eating.  People like to get ideas on what to eat.  People like ideas on how to eat and what to eat.  So yes, I do post about food!  Recently I attended a “Baby Reveal Party”.  Oh yeah, have you heard of these?  I hadn’t, but apparently they are the “in” thing.  It is a party where the parents DO NOT KNOW THE GENDER OF THE BABY, but everyone else does!  Then at the party the sex is revealed to the parents in some way.  The party I attended had BLUE frosting in the center of the cake.  The parents cut into it for the surprise.  It was cute.  The parents were surprised and happy.  They were excited to be having a baby brother for their daughter.  Anyway . . . the party organizer asked me to bring a vegetable tray.  She didn’t really care what veggies I brought she just wanted to make sure that I used bell peppers as the dip bowls.  While I don’t think using a perfectly good bell pepper as a bowl — ack!  I LOVE bell peppers! — is a MUST HAVE, I DO think veggies are a must have.  I love to bring the vegetables to a party because then I know for certain there WILL be something I can eat and I know for certain there will be vegetables at the party!

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaSo I bought two bell peppers to chop off the tops and fill with dip.  When you do this make certain that use use the bell peppers that will actually stand on their own.  You might even have to cut a TINY bit off the bottom.  Don’t cut so much that you cut a hole in the bottom.  🙂  I believe my cousin saw the idea on Pinterest.

Then arrange any veggies you want on the tray to be dipped in the bell peppers.  I like to use a lot of colors.  You can see I have red, green, orange, white, and yellow.  Go for as many colors that you can to get the largest variety of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients.  You might notice there are carrots on the tray and carrots in a bowl.  I have found in my party going experiences that carrots are the most popular so I had an auxiliary bowl of carrots.

When cutting up the vegetables I like to make them easy to eat.  Broccoli — to me — is one of those veggies that tend to leave remnants in your teeth so I don’t like to bite into it at a party.  So I cut the broccoli small enough to fit in my mouth (which I consider average) but I left it in the flower type formation so it will look nice on the tray.

I also have this cool tool that makes tealight sized circles in fruit.  I made candle fruit.  I used grapefruit and lemons.  You can see them in on the table.  The candles weren’t lit when I took the pictures.  Ha, ha, the candle filled fruit is not a “MUST HAVE” but veggies sure are.

What do YOU think a potluck “MUST HAVE” is?

2 Responses to “Potluck Party Must Have”

  1. Michele said

    I have not thought about a potluck must have before, I always think about casseroles and salads. I like your idea of the veggie plate being the must have, and yours looks very inviting 🙂 I have come to really dislike those pre-made veggie trays from the grocery store, they always look so dry and not appetizing! I also like bringing the veggie tray to a party because I will bring fresh veggies, and that is so easy! Love your candles, so pretty for a buffet table 🙂


    • 🙂

      In a pinch I have bought a veggie tray or two, but usually they don’t have all the vegetables I want, but sometimes time does not permit the making of one.

      Most potlucks are lacking in vegetation with casseroles galore, so usually a tray with vegetables is a safe bet.


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