Our Favorite Party Recipes and Tunes

Planning a party? We're sharing some of our own party recipes for appetizers your guests will gobble up, along with tunes to get 'em on their feet. Cheers!

If you’re coming to our blog via The Ultimate Blog Party… welcome to our place. Enjoy our favorite party recipes and tips below. We’re glad to have you and hope you’ll stick around!

Sara’s Pesto Cream Cheese Party Spread

This Pesto Cream Cheese Spread recipe always gets raves and is super easy to make. Tap for the full recipe, plus more yummy party appetizers and music ideas!

Here’s an easy-to-make party recipe that always gets raves. I always do this to taste, so there aren’t any hard and fast measurements in the ingredients. You just add more of what you think is missing until you get the flavor and consistency you want.

1 bunch of fresh basil
1 handful of pine nuts
1 generous “dumping” of grated parmesan cheese
A few good “glugs” of olive oil
A couple cloves of garlic
1 block of cream cheese

Put the basil, pine nuts, cheese, garlic and olive oil into a food processor. Combine into a paste. Taste frequently and add more of each ingredient until you get the flavor and consistency you want. Spoon the pesto onto the top of the cream cheese block and serve on a small platter surrounded by crackers. I find that fancy water crackers work best.

And there you have it! Easy, cheap, and very tasty. Your guests will love it! Save some pesto for later and enjoy it over pasta.

Tela’s Bleu Cheese Ball

My friend Jackie first turned me on to a variation of this cheese ball made with bleu cheese. I tried to re-create it, found a recipe on the Internet, modified it a few times, and here's what I ended up with. Click for the full recipe, plus more tasty appetizers and party tune suggestions.

My friend Jackie first turned me on to a variation of this cheese ball made with bleu cheese. I tried to re-create it, found a recipe on the Internet, modified it a few times, and here’s what I ended up with.


  • 1/2 lb bleu cheese, softened
  • 2 8-ounce packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 jar of Kraft Old English Cheddar Cheese Spread
  • Some garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • A bunch of pecans


  • Mix all the cheeses, salt, and Worcestershire sauce together. An electric mixer might work best, but I bet you tough mamas could do without in a pinch.
  • Shape into a ball, wrap in wax paper, and put in refrigerator overnight.
  • Take it out in the morning (or right before your party) and roll it up in the pecans. Serve with crackers, veggies, whatev!

Susan’s Favorite Party Drink

My husband introduced me to the Warp Core Breach drink several years ago, and we've since served it at parties. It's always a hit! I highly recommend the dry ice and glass bowls for effect. Click for full recipe, plus more party appetizer and music ideas!

Even though I’m not a Star Trek fan (not by a long shot), I am a fan of the Warp Core Breach drink, served at the Star Trek-themed restaurant Quark’s in the Las Vegas Hilton. My husband introduced it to me several years ago, and we’ve since served it at parties. It’s always a hit! I highly recommend the dry ice and glass bowls for effect.


  • 120-ounce “warp core” glass bowl (check out a store like Michael’s or Pier 1 Imports for these. They’re pretty cheap.)
  • Dry ice. Place a small amount of water 1 ounce on the bottom of the bowl and then pack it with ice. This will fuse the dry ice to the bottom of the bowl so it does not float to the top.
  • 2 ounces Bacardi 151 Rum
  • Straws (so you don’t freeze your lips on the dry ice!)
  • 1 1/2 ounces each of Bacardi Limon, Bacardi Spice, Bacardi Select and Bacardi Light
  • 2 ounces of Razzmatazz or a quality Raspberry Liqueur
  • Top that off with 30 ounces of Sobe Power Fruit Punch

Drink up. Live long and prosper.

Cara’s Favorite Chicken Wing Dip

This dip recipe tastes just like chicken wings! No dealing with bones or messy fingers. Click to see my secret ingredient that makes it so addictive!

This dip tastes just like chicken wings! No dealing with bones or messy fingers.


  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup pepper sauce, such as Franks® Red Hot®
  • 1 cup Ranch-style salad dressing
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken (I usually use chicken out of the can)
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  • In a medium bowl, stir together the cream cheese and hot pepper sauce until well blended.
  • Mix in the Ranch dressing, chicken and Cheddar cheese. Spread into a 9×13 inch baking dish.
  • Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven.
  • If oil collects on the top, dab it off using a paper towel.
  • Serve with tortilla chips.

Party tunes

Sharing some of our bloggers' favorite party tunes. Take a look at the music, and see if it's right for your type of gathering. Plus awesome party appetizer recipes!

I guess it depends on the type of party you’re hosting, but here are some of our favorite party tunes. Take a look at the music, and see if it’s right for your type of gathering.

Marvin Gaye—What’s Going On
Great motown slow relaxed vibe.

Various Artists—No Alternative
For all you moms who spend their teen and college-aged years in the 90s.

Dr Dre—The Chronic and Snoop Doggy Dog—Doggystyle
I remember way too many college frat parties where these two CDs were set to a continual “repeat.” They were fun then, and still are now.

Madonna—The Immaculate Collection

Badly Drawn Boy—About a Boy Soundtrack

A lot of fun instrumentals

Basement Jaxx—Remedy
If you are raving it up with the glowsticks. Very upbeat.

Ben Lee—Cigarettes Will Kill You
Fun music from the little Aussie.

Kings of Convenience—Quiet Is the New Loud
Beautiful harmonies, relaxing.

Black-Eyed Peas—Monkey Business
Nothing gets your big ole butt shakin’ like Fergie, Will.i.am, and the gang.

Planning a party? We're sharing some of our own party recipes for appetizers your guests will gobble up, along with tunes to get 'em on their feet. Cheers!

63 thoughts on “Our Favorite Party Recipes and Tunes

  1. Praying for your Prodigal says:

    Thanks for the nice welcome! And what a fun party you are throwing!
    The recipes look nummy. May surprise my family tonight! They’ll never believe where I got the recipes!

    You have a great blog too.

    Happy party! I’ll be back soon.


  2. Oh what yummy recipes!
    Saying hi from the Ultimate Blog Party!

  3. Angela Giles Klocke says:

    Some major party action happening here! 😀

  4. Popping over as I ride the party train. Nice to “meet” you

  5. Elizabeth says:

    OK, now I’m starving…

  6. Just what I need for my afternoon, a DRINK! Nice to meet y’all!

  7. Wow! So glad to meet you ladies through the Blog Party! I’m loving the munchies on your site and I will DEFINITELY have to try the Warp Core Breach drink at a future party! You gals are a riot!

  8. CreativeOutletDesigns says:

    Hello! stopping by for the blog party!

    what a great concept for a blog! I’ll have to stick around and check it all out!

    Nice to meet you ladies!!!

  9. Great recipes 🙂 I’m bookmarking your blog! I have an interesting form of mommy guilt. My youngest entered Kindergarten and I’ve gone back to the preK classroom this year. I’m trying to cut myself some slack when my thoughts race, “Oh, I didn’t play with my toddlers enough, I should have taken them to the park more often, I wish I’d had more energy then!”. We all have mommy guilt, WOHM or SAHM, don’t we?!

  10. Janice (5 Minutes for Mom) says:

    Fabulous party ladies!!! 🙂

    So glad you all joined in the fun!

  11. I just found your blog this week and thought the PARTY as a good time to comment. Thanks for all the tasty recipes and music. Have fun!

  12. Butterfly Kisses says:

    Hi! Hi! What a fun party post. :o)

  13. Ribbon Rock Star says:

    Woo hoo! Cream cheese recipes!!

    Nice to meet you ladies.


  14. Party time! I’ll have to try the recipes.

    Party on…wthout guilt,

  15. devildogwife says:

    Love all the recipes! Yum!!!

  16. Heather @ Desperately Seeking Sanity says:

    Don’t you all look like the BEST group to hang out with!

    Love your party!


  17. Howdy from the party!!! I used to work at an ad agency too! I would love a home-made afghan… I have tried to make one — it’s now my cat’s blankie in her crate. 🙁

  18. Stephanie says:

    What a fun blog! I haven’t read too much yet but I am definitely bookmarking you guys. I love your categories and the mom jeans post cracked me up!

    Oh, and I think ALL moms should be against guilt! 😉


  19. Wow! This is quite the party you guys are having here! I will be sure to stop by again soon!

  20. Mindless Me says:

    Tks for stopping by!! I will be back, this looks like a fun place. Love the recipes!

  21. ~Jennifer says:

    Mmm, more eats! What a great party post, I’ll be back to poke around more later.

  22. Wow! What a great party! I think I’m going to hang out here for a bit 🙂 Thanks for stopping by earlier.

  23. PT-LawMom says:

    I’ve been loving your blog for weeks now. Thanks for visiting mine and leaving such a nice comment. I’ll continue to enjoy your great work as I balance law school, family and a career. Thanks for all you do. 🙂

  24. PT-LawMom says:

    I’ve been loving your blog for weeks now. Thanks for visiting mine and leaving such a nice comment. I’ll continue to enjoy your great work as I balance law school, family and a career. Thanks for all you do. 🙂

  25. earthchick says:

    Hey! Cool blog! Thanks for stopping by mine. Happy partying!

  26. redmaryjanes says:

    Check out you party girls!! You really know how to have fun! I’m a blog party chick myself and am having a great time seeing everyone’s sites. This is a blast!!
    Come on by and get my party started at my site and bring all that great food with you!

  27. Party hopping on a Saturday! Glad to meet you, and read your blog. If you get the chance, please stop by my place for a cup of virtual coffee and some party chit chat. Party on!


  28. That pesto cheese spread sounds awesome. I might have to give that a try! Thanks for sharing all the great recipes.

  29. Just cruising by the party blogs to say hello. Nice to meet you.


    Swinging in for the party…Nice to meet ya.

    happy party week!!!

    PARTY ON!!


  31. Thanks for the party invite. I’ll be dropping by on a regular basis I’m sure. Can’t wait to check out some of the recipies.

  32. busybusymomma says:

    Wow, you guys have a rockin’ party going on here!

  33. Any blog suggesting that all of us working moms give up guilt is a blog I’m gonna read!

  34. oh amanda says:

    love your picture and the title of your blog! wtg!

  35. What a great party. I love the recipes! As a working Mom myself, I must applaud you on your blog title and focus. I actually tell people that I am a better working Mom than stay at home Mom. And for me, it’s true.

    Hope you’ll stop by my party, too!!

    🙂 Susan

  36. Mommy Dearest says:

    Thanks for the recipes. We have a local bar here in Idaho that features a similar drink: The Derailer.

  37. What a great site! I’m a stay at home mom, but I’m with you on the Mommy wars–ending them, I mean. Can’t we all just get along??

    I loved the Jennifer G. article. Too funny.

  38. Butrfly4404 says:

    YAY!!!! I’m so glad I found you!!! Where have you been???

    HAha! Seriously, though…this blog is awesome! I can’t wait to come back!

    Happy Ulitmate Blog Party! Hope you all have a great week!

  39. I love a good drink on a Sunday afternoon! You guys look like a lot of fun. I’ll be back!

    Have fun at the rest of the parties.

  40. Adventures In Babywearing says:

    Thanks for stopping by my party & I’m glad to join in on yours, too- you’ve got a crazy big party going on!!!

    Please be sure to check out my fun Bump! Photo Tag going on! Hope you’d like to play along and post your favorite pregnant belly pic!


  41. Oh My good heavens I’m leaving your party FAT from all the good stuff! Just dropping in on the party express – Come visit the Estrogen Files sometime!

  42. Y’all are the bomb! White women loving Dr. Dre and Snoop? I posted two other comments on earlier posts before I finally paged down your party post, but if nothing else got me to subscribe by feed (which I did before I read about your interest in Dr. Dre and Snoop), this did it! Again, y’all have a great blog, and I look forward to reading it regularly.


    (I put my url in because in blogger, when you put in your identity information, it doesn’t appear correctly when you click on the name of the person who left the comment, and therefore, if someone clicked on KWiz, they would get a page not found, or something like that.)

  43. Great party! Thanks for the warm welcome.

  44. Amydeanne says:

    hoping someday I can be a mom w/o guilt! lol

    ~Following the Ultimate Party Trail (I may be slow, but eventually I’ll get to the end!)
    ~Don’t forget to check out the party favors at the 160!

  45. LOVE your site! Enjoyed the party! Will be back soon! Have a great week!

  46. ~Melissa~ says:

    Love the WMAG idea!! Fun party here – I’ll definitely be back.

  47. Working Moms Against Guilt!! This is just what I need, I am adding you to my bloglines. Then I am reading Potty training and the Working Mom!!

  48. Found you through the UBP! I LOVE that I found you!! I have just recently started contributing to a blog about being a working mom and how we cope!

    I will definately be back!

  49. Mama's Moon says:

    Hello there! I’m a little late getting around to all the party-houses but I decided to follow the trail of confetti and party blowers strewn out on the sidewalk. Cool place and verrrrrry cool party eats! Thanks! I’ll just mingle a bit and browse your tune selection. Hope you’re all having a blast! Nice to meet you!

  50. Justice Fergie says:

    you guys might have the best blog party i’ve been to yet!

    The Immaculate Collection. OBVIOUSLY.

  51. As a fellow working mom, I know what you mean about the Big “G”. I struggle with it too. Plus the fact that my kids are growing entirely too fast for my comfort.

    Thanks for the feast and I gotta try that Warp Core Breach drink. It’s too fun to NOT try!

  52. Darth Nepharia says:

    Gee, thanks for the invite. Would *love* one of those Warp Core Breach drinks you described….those look great….I think I left my keys at another blog tho….blast, will have to go find them….be right back…

  53. tracebooks says:

    Hi, just stopping by for the Party! Thanks for the great recipes!

    Please stop by and visit me at womanwithmanyhats.com (not my Blogger account). I have fun exploding bubbles and educational videos all week!

  54. Just stoppin’ in from the party. Great to meet you!

    What a great blog, I am so glad I ran into this.

    Shelli (a fellow workin’ Mom)

  55. Just dropping by from the Ultimate Blog Party. It sounds like you guys have a party everyday!

  56. Barbara H. says:

    I am slowly making my way around the blog party circuit. It’s nice to meet you all! Thanks for the recipes!

    Since my blog party post is no longer on my first page and my host won’t allow a “sticky post,” I’ll post the link to my blog party here. Hope you can stop by!

  57. Hello! It’s so nice to meet all of you =)
    The recipes look great. enjoy the party.

  58. What great hosting! So glad I dropped in! I’ll be back… 🙂

  59. Hello from a fellow working mum! Clever name, great blogging idea ladies. Lovely party.

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