8 Amazing Dip Recipes to Please a Crowd!

Tonight is New Year’s Eve and I know a lot of you will be out having a great time with your friends and family.  We will be heading to a friend’s house for the countdown.  If you don’t know yet what you’re taking to your parties, let me entice you with several amazing dip recipes.  But first, let me remind you about the amazing Resolutions Sale we have going here on Sidetracked Sarah, where you can get 50% off of many of my ebook bundles!  (there are several different ways to save, so be sure to check it out so you can save money and time on dinner!)

8 Amazing Dip Recipes


Most of these are recommended to me by friends and I have not tried them yet, but wow, don’t they look amazing?  Of course, I can’t offer dip recipes, without sharing our incredibly popular Chile Con Queso dip.  Mmmm, it is always a favorite in our house!


1.  Chile Con Queso

from yours truly, Sidetracked Sarah

Chile Con Queso Dip for Your Slow Cooker



2.  Buffalo Chicken Dip

from Love Bakes Good Cakes

Buffalo Chicken Dip



3.  Indian Layer Dip

submitted by From This Kitchen Table

Indian-Layer-Dip-From This Kitchen Table



4.  Individual 7-Layer Dip

from The Girl Who Ate Everything

7 Layer Dip - Individual Servings



5.  Easy Guacamole

by Sidetracked Sarah

How to Make Guacamole the Easy Way



6.  Peanut Butter Fruit Dip

by Real Mom Kitchen

Peanut Butter Dip



7.  Marshmallow & Cream Cheese Fruit Dip

by Sidetracked Sarah

Apple & Cream Cheese Fruit Dip



8.  Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip

by Living Well Spending Less

hot spinach artichoke dip


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Host a New Year’s Eve Video Scavenger Hunt – Ideas for a Fun Night!

When I was a teenager, we loved to host New Year’s Eve parties.  I’m a bit of a social girl and love to hang out with the people I love the most.  One of those parties, we had a video scavenger hunt.  It was a lot of fun.  Fast forward 20 years.  My daughter was turning 14 years old and thought it sounded fun to do the same thing.  Yeah, I thought that was a great idea, too.  So last year, at her 14th birthday party, we planned our first one.  It was a success, although we had some technical difficulties with our videos afterwards.


Video Scavenger Hunt



What You Do on a Video Scavenger Hunt

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–  Break all party attendees into 2 or more teams.

– Have a list of tasks, many of which are silly or funny for each team to work through in no particular order.

– Make sure each team has a way to take video (that has a completely charged battery, lol)

– Make sure each team has a flashlight and is instructed to video in the light as much as possible, as darkness makes it hard to see the videos of course.

– Set a time limit, so that you’re not waiting forever for everyone to return.

Once you’ve gathered your teams, your clues and your video equipment, each team takes off in their cars (with a responsible driver) and attempts to complete all of the tasks on their list, the fastest.  The first team to  complete all tasks, without cheating is the winner.  When you get back to the party place, you all watch the videos.

It is hilarious and a LOT of fun!  Here’s an example of one of our very short videos….(beware though, there’s an awesome burp at the end….lol….and the video is not great quality).


Video Scavenger Hunt Ideas:  What Should I Use for the Tasks?


You can get as creative as you want for this.  We like to use a list of about 15-20 things to do.  Many of the tasks could be specific to your town or your area.  Also, you may want to think up some that are a challenge, or the answer to a riddle.  Here’s some examples of what we had done or plan to do in the future:

  1. Imitate a statue in your town (ours was a miniature version of the Statue of Liberty) and sing Mary Had a Little Lamb.
  2. Fork someone’s yard.  (preferably a friend, who will think it’s funny)  [If you don't know what forking someone's yard is, it is buying plastic forks and sticking them into the ground, all over a person's yard]
  3.  Go buy a stranger a gift and give it to them.
  4. Play ring around the rosy around a light pole near a busy street.
  5. Drink a can of soda and burp.
  6. Go sing a Christmas Carol at a friend’s door.
  7. Have one person in your group try to sell an old beat up car to your group.
  8. Take a video/picture of the whole group posing next to a yellow car that doesn’t belong to you.
  9. Each person in group picks up 10 items of litter.
  10. Whole group on the swings at the park.
  11. Do cartwheels or at least try to.  (whole group)
  12. Go buy a jar or pouch of baby food and have one team member spoon feed it to another team member.
  13. Baby talk to a dog.
  14. Everyone on team shake hands with a law enforcement official.
  15. Go trick or treating at someone’s house.
  16. Skip backwards across a street downtown.
  17. Pose with inflatable Christmas decorations in someone’s yard.
  18. Build a gingerbread house
  19. Each person on team chews a piece of gum and blows a bubble at the same time.
  20. Play tag together.
  21. Play leap frog.
  22. Run the bases at a local baseball diamond.
  23. Swing from monkey bars.
  24. Make up your own – the possibilities are endless!


Do you have some great ideas for video scavenger hunt tasks and clues?  Please leave a comment to share what you would do!


Video Scavenger Hunt Ideas



My Christmas Eve Menu

I know you’re all super busy, getting ready for Christmas that seems to have just sneaked up on us, aren’t you?  I know, I am too, so I’m going to keep this short.

Christmas Eve Menu

We are hosting Christmas Eve with my husband’s side of the family.  We typically don’t like to keep things too traditional for this get together and I prefer to keep it easy, because that’s how I am.  We are going to have Mexican food.


On our menu is:




I’m going to make up the meat mixture in the morning and then put it in the slow cooker to keep it warm.  We will then top them with lettuce, tomato, onions, jalapeños, cheese, sour cream and guacamole.


Chili Con Queso 

Chile Con Queso Dip for Your Slow Cooker

We love this cheese dip!  We will put it on our montereys or we will have them over chips.  I will be providing both options.



How to Make Guacamole the Easy Way - SidetrackedSarah.com

Not everyone coming likes guacamole, but to me, Mexican food tastes so much better when you’ve got fresh guacamole.  Of course, this also depends on if I can find some not too ripe avocados at the store.  That can be a real challenge in our town!


Dessert:  Pumpkin Pie Cake


Pumpkin Pie Cake 3

For dessert, my mother in law said she’s bringing a bunch of it, but if we still have time, after we clean and rearrange our furniture, we love having pumpkin pie cake.  It is definitely a family favorite around Christmas time!



Now, all I have to do is figure out what we’re eating for Christmas.  I better hurry though….gotta go to the store tonight!  In the mean time, I’m going to be cleaning and rearranging furniture….. Merry Christmas!