10 Reasons You Should Host a Dip Party

Saucy Dipper wants to convince you that dip parties are better than dinner parties. As part of that effort, I periodically write about them and periodically host a week-long event called “Dipstock” to encourage you to host dip parties for your friends and family at home.

You don’t have to wait for the next Dipstock to participate; you can dip-it-up whenver you want! And when you do, I hope you tell us about on Facebook or here in the comments.

If you’re not sure that a dip party is right for you, consider these 10 reasons why you should host one.

1. Less energy

A handful of dips take less energy to cook up and require less attention to timing than a full five-, six-, or seven-course meal.

2. Mix and mingle

Dip parties give you and your guests permission to relax, move around, and mingle with everyone at the party, not just the people sitting nearby.

3. Easy clean up

A dip party means you can use paper plates…if you want to use paper plates.

4. Your friends will thank you

If it’s a potluck party, your friends will be relieved that they don’t have to do a lot of work making a big dish before they come over.

5. Buy your dips!

Tasty, quality dips can be found at any deli or gourmet food store.

6. Make everyone happy

With a dip party, it’s incredibly easy to feed everyone at the party–include a vegetarian dip, a gluten-free dip, and a dairy-free dip in your spread. You could even create a pizza dip to entertain the kids.

7. Icebreakers

Dips make for great conversation pieces. Everyone will want to know what ingredients are in what dip, which is a nice ice breaker.

8. When a sit-down dinner doesn’t make sense

When the event doesn’t center around food or conversation, an assortment of dips will keep things moving. For example, sporting events, pool parties, movie screenings, and bridal/baby showers are all opportunities to have dips standing by. A sit-down meal could be too much for these types of occasions.

9. Get to bed on time

If you like to get to bed early, throw your dip party at 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm — anytime you like. Pressure is off to feed your friends dinner.

10. Nachos

Do you really need a reason to eat tortilla chips for dinner? Hellllooooo, nachos!

So, there you have it: Ten reasons YOU should host a dip party. When should I come over? I can bring the bean dip.


More articles worth a read…

How to Host a Dip Party

Tips for a Successful Dip Party


  1. Less Energy and Easy Clean Up had me sold. You can tell it’s been a long week for me 🙂 Thanks for sharing these great reasons, and a great archive of dip recipes with me!

    1. See, another reason to have a dip party. “You’ve had a long week and deserve to relax with fun finger foods.”

      Hope you have a better weekend, Monet.

  2. I love the idea of a dip party and have been wanting to plan one for our next Wine Time gathering. Have you ever been to Vesta Dipping Grill? They have a cookbook out that I’ve had my eye on. You were sorely missed yesterday. Good time and good food. You missed a great treat with Carter’s Sausage English Muffin sliders. ohmy

  3. A dip party! I like the idea – it sounds like fun 🙂 I would always host dinner parties and that is so much fun too but a lot of work as well. Next time, I shall go for a dip party 🙂

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