Food

A Pretty (And Easy) Party Spread

Easy Rainbow Party Spread by Julie O'Rourke

Pop quiz: Forty kids and adults are coming over. What do you serve? When Maine-based Julie O’Rourke was hosting her son’s fourth birthday, she wanted to do something simple. So, she put together a snack table of colorful finger foods. “Everyone just stands around the table and eats,” she says. Take a look…

Easy Rainbow Party Spread by Julie O'Rourke

Chopping everything takes a while, but the prep is kid-friendly (washing veggies, breaking apart cauliflower). “Four-year-old Diogo is all about peeling hardboiled eggs, so that kept him busy!” says Julie. Bonus: There’s no need for plates, utensils or even napkins. She just recommends putting down parchment paper, so the fruit doesn’t stain the tablecloth.

Julie’s grocery list was:

RED
Cherry tomatoes on the vine
2 containers of strawberries
3 red peppers
2 bundles of radishes
2 small watermelons

ORANGE
2 orange peppers
1 bundle of carrots
5 fresh apricots
1 orange cauliflower
1 block of orange extra sharp cheddar

YELLOW
3 yellow peppers
3 golden beets
1 bag of tortilla chips
Dozen eggs (cooked as seven-minute eggs, then cut in half)
2 containers of hummus

WHITE
1 bag of popcorn
2 containers of mozzarella balls
1 package of sesame rice crackers
1 block of Monterey Jack
1 pineapple

GREEN
1 lb of green beans
1 package green grapes
2 European cucumbers
1 bunch of celery

BLUE
1 package of black sesame rice crackers
1 package black grapes
2 containers of blueberries

PURPLE
1 bag of blue corn chips
3 red beets
2 heads of purple cauliflower
1/2 purple cabbage

Easy Rainbow Party Spread

Funny takeaways? “Anything red went first,” she says. “Followed by hard-boiled eggs.” Afterward, she served a Bon Appetit easy sheet cake. “I always plan parties between lunch and dinner,” she says. “I make them two hours long, so no one depends on you for a meal.” Genius, right? “This is not my first snack table,” she laughs.

It was a hit. :)

How cool is that? What other party snacks do you swear by?

P.S. Julie’s beauty uniform, and the easiest birthday cake.

(Photos courtesy of Julie O’Rourke. Throw by Jenny Pennywood.)

  1. jill says...

    Genius! I am so stealing this idea!

  2. Genius idea ! I take it for the next zero waste party we plan to organise !

  3. Andrea says...

    Ya gotta devil those eggs! Do people outside the south make deviled eggs? I’m curious. I mean, we have special plates AND special tupperware for them.

    • We do in the Northeast.

    • Jen Collins says...

      We do in Canada and have the tupperware!

  4. Asia says...

    I love this! I follow Julie on Instagram and I actually showed the rainbow snack spread to my husband–we both love the idea. Now I have a handy grocery store list! Thanks, CoJ:)

  5. Ironically I went to a 5 year old’s birthday party this past weekend. The paternal grandmother is a good friend of mine/neighbor and the little girl is here a lot.
    Very few parents came with their children. There was a table of veggies and various dips, chips, salsa and chips. Oh, the dirty hands in the food, half eaten food all over the deck, chairs yard and that was with plates. The best part, told to me by a mother was that a 4 year old picked his nose and then touched a piece of pizza, the supper that was provided. Birthday Mom ended up throwing the whole pizza out. This was a very small scale party compared to the one with 40+ people. More power to you but I just can’t see it. Yes, the children should have much better manners but kids will be kids, also.

  6. Johanna says...

    What about bugs though?

    • Emily Outcalt says...

      This was my question too : )

    • Mary says...

      Still too cold up here for bugs, believe it or not! Biting insects are out on warm days but flies and whatnot have not made their appearance yet.

  7. rach says...

    did anyone eat raw purple cabbage?!

  8. Mims says...

    My go to party food for a crowd is tacos…
    I make a big crockpot of mayocoba lard-free refried beans, a huge batch of spanish rice, and tons of guacamole.

    In advance I do seasoned hamburger and a mexican pulled pork or chicken filling in crockpot too, and reheat. I use corn and wheat tortillas …kept separate in different tortilla warming baskets. I have lettuce, sour cream, cabbage, cilantro, shredded cheese, olives, radishes, even kimchi, smoked tofu and srirachi vegan mayo to make korean tacos. I then have several types of fancy red and green salsas, even jarred mole I doctor with extra secret ingredients that tastes awesome. And bags of chips: blue, quinoa, etc, etc.

    This way I can make the gluten free and vegan guests happy, plus have meat for the carnivores. Guests have a good time assembling them and comparing the endless combinations that can be achieved.

  9. J says...

    I always try to serve a meal at kids parties! Even a big pot of Mac and cheese and some veggies. It drives me crazy when my kids come home tired and full of cake and then I still have to feed them :(

    • Sorry but having done many birthday parties over the years for my now grown daughters, I disagree. I always provided snacks and cake when they were younger. Their guests went home after eating healthy and some not so healthy snacks. When they got to be older and the parties became sleepovers, then I provided meals.

    • Vera says...

      I agree, J! It’s usually small sandwiches or pizza at our parties, but the kids don’t come/go home hungry and they can just go to bed afterwards. :) I understand that it’s easier to do it without the meal, but all my daughters’ friends do it this way, so twice a year I just suck it up and do the whole shebang. I think it depends on the community — if everyone is doing it, you will not want to do less.

  10. Sonal Parekh says...

    Can I ask a question bound to be disliked but that’s been on my mind for a long time? How come most of the time what is showcased here, is so expensive? I’m not trying to be negative or jealous but Ive clicked on almost all links featured here and most of the time people sport 300$ sweaters, 150$ tablecloths, 3-4k$ furniture and 100s of $$ worth of clothes. Now I know people are wealthy and this is probably nothing to them and I’m always intrigued by these expensive wares but hardly do I see anything that most people (atleast the ones I know of) spend.
    Let me clarify that a bit – furniture and things meant to last are pricey and are things I splurge on as well (perhaps not to the extent that others do) and I’m all for quality over quantity. Like buying a 200$ jeans is something that will last and probably fit better but I will treat it as an expensive item and maintain it carefully fully aware that it is a luxury item. The 150$ throw caught me a bit off-guard and that is where all this is coming from. (truth: I haven’t ever seen a 150$ throw anywhere I shop!)

    The language here is so friendly and welcoming and makes you feel like you belong to this wonderful community and when you try to actually dig into the prices of things everything is more expensive than what I encounter everyday making you think that perhaps this is the 1% (or maybe 10%) crowd earnings-wise. Before I have statistics shown to me that the blog features links to items that are not that expensive (some cosmetics and some clothing options) and cater to everyone, I will say that statistically, items linked to here are way more expensive than the normal. Perhaps that is because they focus on smaller stores and individual artisans or brands which are fair-trade, but at the end of the day, it is economically beyond reach of a normal working adult. So does that mean I literally cannot afford to care about the planet since that would put everything out of my reach because everything that is good for the planet is very bad for my purse? So it is only the super wealthy who can afford to encourage and promote these artists and companies who care about the environment?
    Don’t get me wrong, I love this blog and have been a regular reader for many years now. I love Joanna and this space and have noticed an upward tick in the price point of the items shown here. One set of posts make you feel so relatable and gives such a wonderful platform for discussion about taboo topics and things not discussed and the other shows you where you stand economically.
    To all those who will say if you see something nice doesn’t mean you need to have it – I completely agree. That’s what I believe in as well..but when you see it everytime, it wears you down a little bit and makes you question if this blog is meant for regular people like you or just the ones who live these luxe lifestyles. It pushes you away a little bit and makes you less involved.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you so much, sonal! i really appreciate your thoughtful comment and meaningful feedback. we strive to feature a range of price points across the site, in posts like round-ups, beauty uniforms and week of outfits. (for example, in this week’s swimsuit post, we recommended suits from old navy and target, as well as mid-range retailers like madewell, boden and j.crew). technically, there is a high percentage of lower priced items featured on the site. i wonder why it’s coming across that there aren’t, though — that’s important feedback and i take it seriously. i definitely want readers to feel welcomed, included and recognized when they come to the site. is it because readers are more likely to click on the expensive items? or the fancier house tours get more buzz? i’ll think about how to position these items better and make our fashion/beauty/home coverage feel more accessible. and, of course, we’ll work harder to scout and feature affordable items. thank you so much, sonal! have a wonderful weekend xoxo

    • Sandy says...

      I love this blog and the community of readers. Also a huge fan of minimalism, hand-me-downs, and bargain shopping. I appreciate that Joanna and her team introduces me to art and design items that wouldn’t necessarily enter my radar as a working mother and I find ways to find more affordable or sustainable versions. Also love the diversity of color and size and age of women who have been featured.

    • Laura says...

      I have this issue a lot of the time too. I know Joanna and the staff try to include a range of price points, but I know the things they actually wear are usually higher end (from shopbop or Madewell 90% of the time). The problem with house tours is that we really like to look at big, fancy houses filled with nice things – none of which are ever actually attainable. I wonder if they’d get as many clicks if they had a tiny 1 bedroom filled with ikea and walmart furniture.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Thank you so much for your notes! I always welcome and encourage feedback and it’s helpful to see these.

      When I try to figure out how to solve this, maybe it’s a perception/positioning issue as much as actual numbers. We feature and wear many lower budget pieces — in real life, as well as fashion, beauty and home stories — and I want to make sure they’re coming through instead of somehow getting lost. For example, when I recently wrote about things I wear all the time, it was a $79 sweater, $15 slides, $59 jeans, $30 long sleeved tee, and $50 sneakers — not pieces that were $200-$300. (https://cupofjo.com/2019/04/nyc-capsule-wardrobe/)

      I want you guys to love our fashion and beauty coverage, so I’m going to think more about this. I hear you and we will definitely do more budget-friendly posts. Also I want to find ways we can highlight the affordable pieces that we already cover. I would love people to find our site helpful in a real-life way and also know that everyone is very much included, always. Thank you so much!!! Xoxoxo

    • Rosie says...

      I think it really boils down to how you prefer to spend your money. My best friend and I both have the same joint income for a family of 3. She owns a very nice home they renovated beautifully with the help of a contractor, 2 expensive new cars, and eat out a lot, but she gasped when I told her that I buy most of my clothes at Nordstrom and J.Crew because she couldn’t fathom spending that much on clothes and she is head to toe Old Navy. By contrast we have a nice, but small two bedroom house we updated ourselves, share a 10 year old car, don’t really drink and never eat out, travel a lot, and send our daughter to private school. We definitely make less than Jo and Alex do, but I still buy a lot of the same clothes as her. My wife and I basically have one wardrobe between the two of us because we’re the same size in nearly everything. I say all this because I think asking someone to be relatable is silly. The brand is Jo and Jo likes what she likes.

    • NN says...

      To all who think relatability is silly, that is the one thing that keeps a blog (esp. this one) different from a coffee-table magazine. The writing here is so warm and friendly but the items showcased are not – that is what people are pointing towards. Of course Joanna can live the way she wants to (who is anyone to question), but this space has a certain tone to it making it appeal to everyday women who look to live their lives a certain way. There are hundreds of lifestyle magazines curated by celebrities with million dollar lifestyles that is just something you glance at. I’m hoping this blog isn’t.
      To Joanna’s point – yes many times it a display thing. I’ve done this experiment on myself where many times, an item that is pricey is better looking (either because the picture is nice, the modeling agency hired and the photographers used are better) and the materials are superior. Any easy example is an IKEA catalogue vs. a CB2 spread. The difference in perception of items shown is immediate and easy to understand. All I’m saying is when you show many items, the pricier ones draw your eye toward them and once you see a nicer top, you remember that and not the budget version shown causing this bias.
      As the blog gets popular, it gets more famous people on it who have expensive tastes and while it is very entertaining to read, you feel that tiny bit of worry that maybe this swish set of people are not really my friends or face my budgetary restraints. Thank you Joanna for personally responding to these issues! xxoo

    • kat says...

      I also feel this way, especially when Brooklinen sponsored posts come up. Those sheets are ungodly expensive for sheets (in my opinion), and great if you can afford and choose to prioritize that luxury, but I can’t! I agree, this site is friendly and the posts are usually sweet and interesting (especially the motherhood ones). But, as a lifestyle blog, I do notice that the prices on products (skincare and home goods come to mind, since I usually skip the clothes posts) tend to be more “New York” priced than “Target” priced (which, I consider to be a “middle of the road” price – not great deals like Walmart, but not out of most people’s reach)

    • Tracy says...

      Hi Joanna, I think the issue might be that what is mid-range to you might be high-end for lots of folks (and so on). Just a thought. Thank you so much for this wonderful space and all of the great work your team does!

  11. Nicky Busch says...

    Knowing my kids there would be a lot of nibbling then putting half nibbled items back down. No one wants to inadvertently put a half nibbled piece of cheese in their mouth! Bring on the bowls and paper plates!

    • Randi says...

      How are there not a billion flies? Where is this magical place where that is not a thing?

    • Miranda says...

      Yes! I agree. I think the display is beautiful and it obviously works great for the host, so that’s awesome. But I have two elementary school-age boys and cannot imagine the germ situation that would be happening on this lovely spread if I used this sort of thing for an event with that crowd… I would probably do an adults’ version and a kids’ one separately. And WITH plates (I got mine at Target, they are melamine and perfect for parties with less waste than disposables). : )

  12. Jen says...

    Oh my gorgeous!

    I could not be any more in love with this concept! Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

  13. Gorgeous spread. I love having spreads like this for parties.

  14. Katie says...

    Hmm… looks beautiful and I like that it’s a healthy spread! Parties can be pizza-filled gut bombs! (Don’t get me wrong, I love pizza but sometimes I’m on a diet/trying to eat healthy, and get anxiety about social engagements derailing me.)

    Maybe because I don’t have kids, but something about this is yucky to me. I need some serving ware, plates, utensils! I’m probably just not laid back enough… But all I’m seeing here is dirty booger fingers, double dippers, and flies swarming about. Sigh – I’m no fun.

    • Nina says...

      haha I thought the same too. Good to know it’s on parchment paper…even on a clean table cloth I foresee hair and stuff on my food.

    • Katie says...

      Oh my gosh, I completely agree with you! And I have two little boys. Let me tell you, there little hands are not the cleanest. Looks beautiful but I’d be hesitant to eat it if I were at the party. Germ city. I’d have it in some type of platter and have tongs or something.

  15. Maggie says...

    Now this is one where i really want to see an ‘after’ shot! What a wonderful idea though!

  16. I definitely thought the blue corn chips were dark chocolate thins! Might just have to make a dark brown section…

  17. Kate says...

    The other day I threw chicken and veggie kebabs on the grill and when it was done put it all on one plate, got out two forks, and told my husband “I’m not doing any extra dishes tonight” so we just ate off of the platter. This is giving me more ideas for one dish summer meals!

  18. Amanda says...

    This is a beautiful spread. One of my closest friends is a lifelong WW-er (FKA Weight Watchers) and all my mind can see is all of the 0 smart point foods.

  19. Tess says...

    Love this idea! I’m pretty sure my daughter will be requesting some sort of unicorn-themed party this year when she turns 4 and a rainbow snack tray/table fits perfectly!
    Another great idea for a children’s party that my Mom came up with (well, at least I remember loving it as a rather sugar-deprived kid…) is mixing some raspberry jam in with finely chopped fruit salad and serving it in ice cream cones.

  20. Nikki says...

    YES. Some hummus, ranch dressing and buffalo chicken dip and I would be the happiest girl in the world.

  21. K says...

    Beautiful spread. The timing of a kid party is everything. Between meals is perfect!

  22. This is such a good idea! Looks delicious AND gorgeous!

  23. Maddie says...

    So…the truly magical part of this article is the baby making 😬 face.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahahaha AGREED!

  24. Fantastic idea! I’ll keep this in my mind!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  25. Sunny says...

    That looks amazing!! I will try to serve that (in petite) for my next party. I wish someday in the near future grocery stores would find a way to avoid all the plastic packaging seen on the bench in the background… anyway thanks for this beautiful inspiration!

    • Lotte says...

      I totally agree, Sunny! Plastic packaging drives me nuts! Even some sort of compostable packaging would be preferable– let’s get it together people!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes! julie is super eco-conscious and in part did this spread to avoid plates/utensils/etc. but i agree about plastic packaging — wish there were another way to get blueberries etc at the store!

    • Sandra says...

      RE: plastic, at least in the summer we try to shop our local farmer’s market here in the midwest. I know that doesn’t work for everyone, and it does often cost a little more, but there is zero plastic there (blueberries are in those little cardboard containers). I remember back in the 70s everything by us was local…we only got fresh fruit when it was in season. If you aren’t trekking it across the country you don’t need hard plastic containers. Now we’re spoiled and want it all year-round, but honestly the strawberries we get around here in the winter months are pretty lousy-tasting anyway. I wish we could take a big step back in terms of plastic usage…

  26. Leah says...

    Beautiful table and a wonderful idea.
    Wouldn’t work where we live unfortunately. Within 5 minutes it will be covered with flies and bees and I wouldn’t risk sending my hand over, let alone a 4 year old 🙁

  27. Daisy says...

    It looks great but will not work in many Asian cultures where FOOD is the most important thing in any party. Coming from India, if I served just finger foods at my party, the guests would most likely consider it disrespectful

    • Niki says...

      I think in most not North America cultures that would be considered that way.

  28. Nadia Merghani says...

    Wow this is stunning. I would totally do this, but I live in Spain and you would get some really odd looks if you did this for a party! It would be seen as somehow unhygeinic or slovenly…bear in mind this isn’t my opinion, just how I think some people here may react. I have friends here who love Jamie Oliver but they think it’s gross the way he uses his hands a lot when cooking (despite being ‘washed’l

  29. Mathilda says...

    This reminds me so much of my 80s childhood! I had a friend whose mother was very much into a healthy lifestyle. We kids dreaded coming to this friends bitrthday parties because we got amlost exactly this kind of food. The presentation didn’t help. And I can imagine how much time and effort she had put into this. My friend never wanted to invite us out of embarassment. Until today she is a little mad with her mom about this. The times they are changing :-)

  30. Hannah says...

    These are called “grazing tables”in my part of the world and are becoming super popular for parties and events, but more so with adults than kids. I don’t think I’d do something like this with small children. I’d be too worried about fingers going everywhere, germs spreading and everyone getting sick afterwards.
    We always have “afternoon tea” time parties so that we can serve cupcakes, fairy bread and fruit platters. Too easy.

    • What is Fairy bread, please?

    • Natalie says...

      Fairy Bread is white bread and butter triangles covered with Hundreds and Thousands (Nonpareils)

      It’s a staple food at Australian birthday parties

  31. Michelle says...

    I love this! A feast for the eyes. And let’s be honest – even if you put things in bowls and provide plates, kiddos are still going to touch everything :)

  32. jess says...

    No doubt that $150 tablecloth got ruined by beets and strawberries 😩

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh, don’t worry, julie put parchment paper down underneath so it wouldn’t stain — she’s done that in the past too, and it worked!

  33. liz says...

    Thinking I will just scale this down for dinner most nights a week this summer!!!

    • M says...

      I did this last summer for dinner a lot and it was always a big hit! We call them platter dinners and they are genius because almost anything works, super quick to put together and my kids get the illusion of choice so they go in with gusto. For some reason platter dinners always make us slow down and enjoy ourselves a little bit more than usual too.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      YUM!!!

  34. Jennifer Martin says...

    Love the idea. And maybe dairy or seed items in containers just to avoid contamination with other items for friends with allergies.

  35. Nicole says...

    I love this and Julie. Could we find out where this tablecloth is from?

    • Maren says...

      This is gorgeous and I love this! Any tips on how to handle the bugs though? I imagine it would be sitting out longer than it takes for people to eat at all…

  36. This is genius, but I can’t help but wonder what it looked like after a few minutes of people pecking at it? Just a huge mess on the table? Haha Type A over here.

    • Lou says...

      LOL, yes. It IS gorgeous, but I really want to see the “after” photo :)

    • Laura says...

      That was my thought, too!

    • MJ says...

      Yeah. After having hosted my share of kids’ parties, I wanted to see the after shot. I do agree that timing is key for kids’ parties and the strawberries always went first. That said, I’ve done grazing tables and they are a huge hit. I put everything on china platters though because that’s me.

  37. Kate says...

    British kids’ parties ALWAYS have a meal, regardless of timing. Its a thing. There is also a fairly standard “party food” menu. In my early expat days, I actually asked a grocery store stocker, “where can I find the kid-party sausages?” And he took me straight to them!

    • Ryann says...

      I know nothing about this Brit tradition I really am so interested to get the full menu

    • Melinda says...

      I have to say, I have never been to a kid’s party- no matter what time of day- where a meal was not served. I’m in NJ, by the way, and have been going to kid parties for years!

    • Kate II says...

      I need to know this menu, too!

  38. Carla says...

    Beautiful, but a bunch four year olds eating from the same pile of food? You get a cold! You get a cold! Everyone gets a cold!!!! :)

    • Hannah says...

      100% yes. I just commented the same thing!

    • Melanie says...

      The germaphobe in me couldn’t handle this even though it is beautiful

    • Andrea says...

      Lol!
      It’s the thank you gift.

  39. Nicole says...

    This is a great idea, and it looks absolutely gorgeous. Appreciate the inclusion of the shopping list, too. Though I’m pretty sure that I and 4 of my friends could polish it off no problem:)

  40. Louise says...

    Genius. Little ‘ol type-A me would never think to serve all this deliciousness just on the tablecloth. I love this in it’s simplicity and carefree-ness. And no plates? Easy breezy!

  41. Hilary says...

    Gorgeous! I totally get the idea behind a 2-4 PM kids party- no lunch! no dinner!- but goodness, every kid I know is a cranky beast by that time of day! Prime nap time! My sister and I agreed moved our kids’ parties to late morning so everyone could go home for a nap!

    • Sasha L says...

      Maybe it works for 5 yo+? I agree, younger children will mostly be napping in the afternoons.

  42. Sheena says...

    Diogo seemed to grow a foot since I looked at Julie’s Instagram a week ago! I adore her sweet family :)

  43. Colleen S. says...

    Off-topic, but I love the photo of the kids. Especially the baby holding its shoe and what looks like a pencil.

    • Faith says...

      I love it, too!

  44. Amy says...

    I used to do our kids’ parties between meals, but this year I served lunch (grilled cheese, rainbow fruit tray, rainbow veggie tray with dip followed by cake for dessert). It ended up being really fun for them, simple for me, and avoided me having to schedule any more “activities” to fill up time if the kids weren’t managing to make their own fun. As someone who doesn’t mind being in the kitchen but isn’t a natural with kids, this worked out perfectly for me! I did check beforehand if there were any allergies/intolerances and accommodated accordingly. Granted this is just a bunch of kids and no adults, so it’s a small crowd.

  45. hali says...

    I’m giggling at how much I love this blog. The shopping list is why this is the best, it turns this idea into something I can actually do!

  46. Cynthia says...

    Very cool! Looks so editorial. I don’t think my friends/family would “get it” though. Like they’d all be confused.

    • Maclean Nash says...

      Bahahah this really made me laugh!

    • Carolyn says...

      Ditto! I think I would need to add some serving utensils and provide plates or bowls. I personally would dig right in, but I have friends and family who work in healthcare and they would nope right out of that infection prevention nightmare.

    • Sarah says...

      Hahaha, maybe I could be your family because I absolutely dont get it. Why not arrange it all on some gorgeous platters? How to refill? How will it look after two kids? And yes yes yes, the hygiene factor in everybody (all right just the kids who play with worms before dinner) touching each others food. I like the tablecloth though :)

  47. Emily says...

    I love that it is just on a table cloth too!

  48. Deepthi says...

    Beautiful spread, so simple too! How does she keep away the pesky flies/insects?

  49. Abesha1 says...

    I love this! But bummer, at first, I thought the blue corn chips were chocolate shards….. lol.

    • Melissa says...

      Haha, same! I saw another similar idea on Pinterest where someone made a dessert board, just like this, that was a mixture of fresh fruit, nuts, and pieces of chocolate. It’d be cool to bring a smaller, decadent dessert version out after. I’ve also seen kid-geared versions with mini chocolate bars or chocolate bar segments, fruit and candy.

  50. Crystal says...

    We’ve used the “party between lunch and dinner” trick for every gathering ever. Our Wedding included. It’s better for the budget and avoids drama when dealing with serving meals and trying to satisfy all dietary preferences. Snacks like fruit, veg and dips are generally accepted by all and can please a varied crowd of eaters. Anytime anyone complains about having sit down meals for a large group, I let them in on this tip.

  51. Lauren says...

    Wow, love this!

    For our last party, which was in our home for our 1yo, I served sheet pan pulled pork nachos and I will definitely be doing that again. It was pretty easy to put together a batch and broil it a couple times during the party. We also served fruit, veggie tray, and a store bought sheet cake. 100% agree on parties being held between mealtime!

    • Lori says...

      What about clean-up? Someone has to scoop up all the stuff and put it in containers after it’s all mingled?
      Uhhhhh. Nope. Lol

  52. Michaela says...

    I love Julie!

  53. lisa says...

    jaw dropping. where is the hummus?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      good eye, haha! she hadn’t put it out when she took the photos — but you can see the bowls (one dark blue/grey, one cream) waiting for it :)