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These Ranch BLT Layered Mini Dips are just the thing your next party needs! Creamy ranch dip layered with spicy cheese crackers, grated cheese, bacon, lettuce, chopped tomatoes and green onions.
Ranch BLT Layered Mini Dips
Now that we are pretty much settled in the new casa, it is time to start entertaining! It has been fun having the casa crew over to meet our new neighbors. March is when we start attending spring training games and watch college basketball.
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We don’t have any particular team affiliations, but love the competitive spirit of the season! It is the perfect time to get our old friends and new neighbors together to enjoy delicious snacks and fun games.
To get everyone in the mood, we decided to create this festive party spread with competing snacks. Creating individual dips gives everyone their own portion and no one has to worry about double dipping!
Large boxes of Cheez-It products are 3 for $8 at Target from the 3rd week of February until the 1st week of April so they are the perfect snacks for one ‘team.’
Cheez-It Hot & Spicy Grooves were a delicious addition to these Ranch BLT Layered Mini Dips with ranch dip, grated cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomatoes and green onions. And the kid is obsessed with the Cheez-It Srirarcha Snack Mix so he grabbed a box for our spread.
- 1 16-ounce container ranch dip
- 2 cups crushed spicy cheese crackers
- 1½ cups chopped lettuce
- 1 cup chopped tomatoes
- 4 ounces grated cheddar cheese
- 8 slices cooked bacon, roughly chopped
- ½ cup chopped green onions
- Evenly layer each ingredient in the order listed in a 9 ounce clear cups.
- Serve with additional crackers.
For the ‘opposing’ team we made Taco Layered Mini Dips with queso, refried beans, chili lime sour cream, guacamole, fresh pico, grated cheese and crushed Pringles Tortillas.
- 1 16-ounce can refried beans
- 12 ounce2 queso dip
- 2 cups crushed taco flavored chips
- Juice of 1 lime
- ½ tablespoon chili powder
- ¼ cup chopped cilantro
- 8 ounces guacamole
- 8 ounce pico de gallo
- 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
- Evenly divided beans, queso and chips in 9 ounce clear cups.
- Mix together sour cream, lime juice, chili powder and cilantro. Layer on top of chips.
- Layer guacamole, pico de gallo and cheese.
I made these little snack flags so guests would know what the dips were, plus it really enhanced our opposing team party concept. We printed them up, the kid cut them out and taped them to toothpicks.
Guests voted for the winning snack to feature in this post and the Ranch BLT Layered Mini Dips won!
DIY Bleacher Stands
We made these easy bleacher stands out of styrofoam and black poster board for a fun way to display the snacks.
I took a large piece of foam from the craft store, cut it into 3 layers and used toothpicks to secure them together. Paul cut black poster board to fit then stands and used double-sided tape to cover the foam.
Since all of our guests were rooting for different teams we went with a general orange and black theme. This Go Team banner was easy to make with two basket ball nets and this printable!
I served an Orange Black Peppercorn Punch that was a real hit. It’s sweet, tart and a little spicy. Make a simple syrup with 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 water and 1 tablespoon black peppercorns. Add all ingredients to small sauce pan and bring to a low boil until sugar dissolves. Strain out peppercorns. Add to 1 can frozen lemonade concentrate and top with orange soda.
We also had sweet and spicy White Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods. I melted white chocolate in a microwave safe cup, dipped pretzel rods into the chocolate then rolled them in crushed chips. There was one for each team with Cheez-It Hot & Spicy Grooves vs. Plain Pringles!
For games Paul built a min corn hole set that we decorated to match the party. For those who don’t know what corn hole is, it is a bean bag toss game I grew up playing in the midwest. Paul was introduced to it on camping trip 2 years ago and got completely hooked!
Friends and family have been after him to build a set so this is a trial run for them. It is exactly half of regulation size and is perfect for a tabletop set. He is getting me the plans and we are posting the tutorial soon! Here is a sneak peek at the process!
I made these adorable umpire inspired cans to hold the mini beans bags. It was so easy and would be great to hold any number of game pieces. I spray painted chip cans white, then used black washi tape to create black strips.
For the rest of the party we used black and orange decorations to really amp up the basketball theme. I already had most of what we needed from previous parties so it was an easy theme to create. By keeping it pretty basic I knew I could reuse some of the party supplies later too!
What is you favorite springtime sporting event?