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What to Bring to Parties, Holidays and Celebrations


Going to a potluck? These dishes are what to bring when you're asked to bring something to a party, holiday or celebration of any kind. These are the kinds of recipes that travel well, look great on a buffet table and are always crowd-pleasers.

7 Layer Dip Recipe

7 Layer Dip
Stephanie Gallagher
This is one of my "go to" appetizers for parties, because it's always well-received. The colors and flavors are appealing no matter what the occasion, and you don't have to worry about keeping this dip hot. Serve with tortilla chips or pita chips.

Spinach Balls Recipe

Spinach Balls
Stephanie Gallagher
This spicy savory spinach balls are always a hit at parties and potlucks, and the recipe is very easy to prepare. The key: Be sure to wring out as much water as you possibly can from the spinach. It keeps the balls from getting too moist.


Meat Lasagna
Stephanie Gallagher
Lasagna is the quintessential party food. I don't care if you're having a big birthday blowout, holiday or just a weekend with friends, lasagna fits in. This meat lasagna is made with oven-ready lasagna noodles (easy to find at your local supermarket), so it's truly a breeze to prepare. Feel free to play around with the cheeses. I like a mixture of mozzarella, asiago and parmesan, but any Italian cheeses would work well in this recipe. Smoked mozzarella is especially nice.

Chicken Pasta Casserole Recipe

Chicken Pasta Bake
Stephanie Gallagher
Pasta, chicken, spinach in a creamy tomato sauce that is guaranteed to be the hit of your celebration. It's a consistent winner (check out the ratings and reviews) and it goes with everything. Just add a green salad and some crusty Italian bread, and you've got a party!

Broccoli Bacon Salad Recipe

Broccoli Bacon Salad
Stephanie Gallagher
This crisp and colorful broccoli salad makes a great potluck dish because it's fresh and full of color and texture. It's also easy to carry and everybody loves it! To keep the bacon crisp, crumble it and store it in a plastic zipper-sealed bag or container, then toss with the rest of the salad just before serving.

BLT Pasta Salad Recipe

BLT Pasta Salad
Stephanie Gallagher
This is one of my favorite side dishes for summer potlucks and parties. It goes great with burgers and grilled chicken, and you can jazz it up lots of different ways. Add fresh chopped tomatoes and sliced black olives to this salad. Or try it with finely-chopped sun-dried tomatoes or whole wheat pasta. The possibilities are limited only to your imagination.

Berry Fruit Salad Recipe

Berry Fruit Salad
Stephanie Gallagher
This berry fruit salad recipe is as healthy as it is colorful and tasty. Three kinds of berries are topped with a mixture of Greek yogurt and lemon curd. The creamy topping tastes like a lemon pudding and it goes beautifully with the fresh berries. This dish can be served as a side dish or dessert.

Chocolate Chip Cookies with Oatmeal, Coconut and Nuts

Chocolate Chip Cookies with Oatmeal
Stephanie Gallagher
These soft and chewy cookies are made with dark brown sugar for a richer, deeper molasses flavor that really makes these cookies exceptional. The coconut really makes these cookies unique. Try this recipe with dark chocolate chips, too.

Orange Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake Recipe

Orange Chip Coffee Cake
Stephanie Gallagher
This recipe is a family favorite and makes an appearance at at least two holidays a year in my house. The kids love it, and whoever makes it loves the fact that it is so easy. This is one of those cake mix recipes you will find yourself making again and again.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Layer Bars

Chocolate Layer Cookie Bars
Stephanie Gallagher
If you're a fan of Mounds candy bars or just chocolate and coconut together in general, you owe it to yourself to try these bar cookies. They're sweet and chewy and altogether fabulous. When I bring these to a potluck, everyone wants the recipe.
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