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Entertaining and parties can be a breeze with a little bit of planning!

Take the work out of your next gathering with some simple tips and a quick trip to Walmart!

Your next get together is as effortless as adding a sprinkle of fresh herbs and creating simple sauces for dipping!Bacon Wrapped Chicken and Easy Dips on tray with sauces

Entertaining is definitely my favorite part of any holiday!

Having both friends and family in my home to share food, drink and conversation is truly what we celebrate.

It seems our lives are busier and more hectic than ever so I always look forward to a chance to put my feet up and to reconnect with everyone!

These days we always have somewhere to be, soccer practice, parent meetings or work events.

Trying to squeeze in all of the holiday errands (like shopping, planning and decorating) in addition to the regular household chores makes this time of year seem extra busy!

Bacon Wrapped Chicken and Easy Dips with bacon

Over the last few years I’ve decided to try to spend more time focusing on things that really matter during the holidays (time with my loved ones) and less time on the things that aren’t so important.

We frequently have get togethers during this time of year so I do a lot of entertaining. While I love cooking and prepping snacks for my guests, I sometimes find that I’m spending hours searching for the perfect appetizer recipes, shopping for ingredients and then finally preparation and presentation.

I would really rather spend that time hanging out with my guests or even enjoying a cup of tea in front of the Christmas tree!

Bacon Wrapped Chicken and Easy Dips being dipped

The last couple of years, at the beginning of holiday season, I’ve started stocking my freezer with prepared appetizers. When guests come by unexpectedly, I’m able to grab an appetizer or two from the freezer, and place them into the oven. While they’re baking, I love to mix up a quick and easy dip or two and add a sprinkle of fresh herbs; for example – fresh dill and lemon wedges are perfect with these Crab Cakes!

This makes entertaining so easy and allows me to relax and enjoy the holidays just as much as our guests!

Party Prep Tips

If you do any amount of entertaining, the key is making it easy is to be prepared!

  1. Stock your freezer, fridge and pantry with party foods. You will thank yourself when guests stop by and you have snacks to serve without a trip to the store!
  2. Choose menu items that require little preparation. Frozen appetizers with a simple dip saves you time (and your sanity)!
  3. Keep pretty holiday disposable plates, cutlery and napkins on hand for quick and easy clean up.
  4. Line all of your baking pans and dishes with parchment paper to ensure your food doesn’t stick and clean up is a breeze!
  5. Fresh Herbs such as parsley, cilantro or even green onion not only add a fresh flavour to frozen appetizers, they’re the perfect way to dress up any snack.
  1. Adding simple and easy dips to a tray of appetizers makes for a fun and yummy snack! Be sure to use bright and eye catching serving dishes to make your snack table fun!

So now you have the basics for a great party, what’s next? Head to your local Walmart to stock up on all the items you will need for a successful party this season!

Start in the freezer section and pick up quality frozen appetizers to stock your freezer.

Great Value Sweet & Spicy Bacon Wrapped Chicken and Great Value Mini Crab Cakes are a couple of our favorites! The Sweet & Spicy Bacon Wrapped Chicken appetizers are made with white meat and crisp smoky bacon and they taste like homemade!

Bacon Wrapped Chicken and Easy Dips on dishes

Next stop by the produce area to grab fresh herbs for garnishing (I also added some mini lemon wedges to go with our Mini Crab Cakes) and finally find some fun sauces for dipping!

You can use store-bought sauces and serve them just as is (stir in a few fresh herbs to make them special) or combine two sauces to create your own (recipes below)! And while you’re there, you can grab a few meats and cheeses for a charcuterie board!

Bacon Wrapped Chicken and Easy Dips with lemon slices

Walmart carries everything you’ll need for entertaining so while you’re there be sure to add napkins, paper plates and cutlery to your cart! And don’t forget the parchment paper! Be sure and check out The The Pioneer Woman collection for some special serving dishes and platters!

Walmart is your one stop to get everything you need for your festive parties this season!

Bacon Wrapped Chicken and Easy Dips on tray with sauces
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3 Easy Dip Recipes for Party Foods

Get creative with your own party dips by mixing your favorites!! Try to include two different flavors (for example sweet and spicy or creamy and sweet) to create delicious dips!
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes
Servings 8 tablespoons


Lemon Dill Aoili

  • cup mayonnaise
  • 1 small clove garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 ½ teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill

Spicy Barbecue Sauce

  • ½ cup Great Value Barbecue Sauce
  • 1-2 tablespoons Sriracha sauce or to taste

Ranch Barbecue Sauce

  • ¼ cup Great Value Barbecue Sauce original
  • ¼ cup Great Value Ranch Salad Dressing
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro chopped


  • Combine ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Allow 15 minutes to blend flavors before serving.


Nutrition information is per tablespoon of the lemon dill aioli only.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 79 | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 59mg | Vitamin C: 0.3mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American

I am excited to have partnered with Walmart & SheKnows Media to bring you this post.  While I was compensated, all thoughts and opinions are my own.  Working with great brands I love allows me to keep bringing you the great recipes you love!

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  1. Hey Holly thanks for sharing these wonderful recipes ideas. They are very easy to make so I would love to make it for my daughter’s birthday party so that her friends can enjoy it. Keep sharing such delicious recipes.

  2. These are great ideas and would make a perfect spread for New Year’s Eve! I completely agree with your tip about using fresh herbs – they make a huge difference and really amp up the flavor in party food!5 stars

  3. Great ideas — having some of these “almost homemade” recipes in your back pocket is key to surviving all the parties this time of year!5 stars

  4. I wish I had found these recipes before the stores closed for the holidays! They will have to wait until our annual New Year party with friends, yum!

  5. I always get a little stressed out when we have to host parties, so these tips are perfect! Especially for the holidays. Love it!

  6. I was just trying to find out what to serve on the 25th as appetizers with dips. I find your suggestions useful and I will add them to my plan.

  7. What a great appetizer tray. I could forget the main meal and just stick around the nibbles table. Everyone sees to love finger foods. Great shot of the appetizers.5 stars

  8. I have one problem with all of these dips!!! Which one do I make first cuz they all sound totally amazing!

  9. Soooo… I kind of want to buy those crab cakes and eat them ALL MYSELF!! Is that socially acceptable? And if it’s not, can I just do it anyway? lol

  10. A great idea!! I’m so busy these days, preparing snacks this way makes everything easier and less stressful. Thank you for sharing!5 stars

  11. I love your tip about parchment paper! I try to be “green” in the kitchen, but I can’t help lining baking sheets with parchment or foil. It just makes cleanup too easy!