This post has been sponsored by RITZ. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Looking for a fun entertaining idea? Grab a pack of RITZ and whip up these No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie RITZ Crackers!
Finally. Finally. Finally. Our outside thermometer has finally clicked into “short sleeve shirt” weather. To be fair, short sleeve shirt weather is all relative. Back when I lived in the South, temps in the mid-60’s were still considered jacket weather. Up here in upstate New York, mid-60’s is put on your bathing suit and head out to the pool weather. (Ok, I’m kidding a little bit there…but not much!)
We absolutely love entertaining, and we look for reasons to invite friends over on the weekends. On any given weekend, you can find us on the back porch hanging out playing board games with friends and enjoying dinner on the grill. Yard games are often a requirement for these types of gatherings, too. Last year, I picked up two of those huge inflatable bumper balls. We use Cinco de Mayo as the first opportunity to host an outdoor party every year, and last year I invited my curling teammates and their families over. It didn’t take long before the guys were climbing into those inflatable balls and running all over the backyard…and, yes, occasionally bumping into one another. I don’t think I’ve laughed that hard in years!
Ok, time to turn our attention to food. After all, food is one of the best parts about spring and summer parties, right? I’m a sucker for no bake pies during the warmer months. They’re both easy and delicious…that’s a win-win in my book! But the problem is serving pie at a backyard party isn’t always easy. I decided to counter that problem with these No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie RITZ crackers. Robbie loves RITZ crackers. Every single meal starts off with him asking for crackers.
I stopped by our local ShopRite store the other day and grabbed a pack of RITZ Crackers in anticipation of making these No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie RITZ Crackers. The only problem is when I went to make this recipe, that pack of RITZ Crackers was gone. I’m pretty sure I know the culprit was a certain 2-year-old toddler. But no problem. Our ShopRite is located right next to the curling club, and I just swung by for another pack of RITZ before one of my games last week. And this time I bought 2 packs…one for me and one for Robbie!
ShopRite has a great sale on RITZ crackers coming up, too! From April 22-28, when you buy 2 RITZ, you get 1 free RITZ Fresh Stacks with your Price Plus Card. RITZ Fresh Stacks come in smaller, on-the-go packs, so they’re ideal for smaller gatherings. (This recipe for No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie RITZ Crackers can easily be halved for use with a pack of RITZ Fresh Stacks.) Click here for ShopRite’s store locator to find the nearest location to you!
The great thing about these No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie RITZ Crackers is they are bite-sized. They’re perfect for grabbing one (or two) as you head into the backyard to play yard games with friends. The base is a RITZ Cracker dipped in chocolate, and then I just put a dollop of no-bake peanut butter pie filling on top. A chocolate drizzle later, and these bites were ready for the party! (Also, I might have eaten a couple of the chocolate-dipped RITZ crackers while I was making these…that’s the chef’s privilege, right?)
RITZ crackers are the perfect base for topping with all sorts of fun ingredients. This No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie RITZ Crackers is a dessert version, but I found a recipe on SnackWorks for RITZ Pulled Pork Bites. Pulled pork is a staple around our house, and I’m always looking for an excuse to serve pulled pork. Topping a RITZ cracker with pulled pork and some homemade cole slaw was a really fun idea! In fact, I’m imaganing a party where you just put out RITZ crackers and a whole assortment of toppings. Pulled pork, hummus, tzatziki, chopped herbs, roasted chickpeas, peanuts, the list goes on and on…be creative! Then just let everyone build their own creations! Sounds like a fun way to kick off the warm weather party season, right? Cheers, friends!
Over the years, we’ve picked up several entertaining hacks that make these evenings in the backyard much easier to plan. First: using a kiddie pool as a cooler. We have a small, inflatable kiddie pool that we actually use as a cooler. I stop by a local ice distributor before the party (he literally charges by the shovel-full of ice), and get enough ice to fill the kiddie pool. Then we lay all of the drinks in the pool so they’re nice and easy to see. We do put the pool in the shade so the ice doesn’t melt too quickly, but using a kiddie pool is a fun twist instead of lining up a bunch of coolers on the porch.
On the topic of cold things, we often bring big mixing bowls out for cold dishes like potato and pasta salads. We don’t put the food directly in these bowls, but rather fill these bowls with ice and then put the actual serving bowl down in the ice. That keeps cold dishes cold. It’s always important to pay attention to food safety, and this little nested bowls trick has served us well over the years.
Stacked cake stands. Do you ever have the problem where there’s too many dishes for the picnic table? We do. Until Laura realized that we could raid my stash of cake stands to create more space. We did this one year for a holiday party with crackers and various cheeses. Not only was it functional, but it looked really cool, too! Using cake stands as serving tools allows you to maximize the space on the table. And if you’re careful, you can even stack smaller cake stands on top of larger ones for a really fun layered look.
Oh, and one more really useful tip we’ve picked up over the years is to keep disposable serveware on hand for a party. I’m not talking plastic spoons and forks, although those can still be handy. I mean actual serveware. We always ask friends to bring a side dish to share, and we end up with a whole assortment of salads and dips…and not enough serving spoons. Now we just keep a stash of large, disposable spoons in our party supplies bucket. Nice and easy!