Individual Mediterranean Dips & A Summer Party!

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It’s party time! And what a party this was. Remember when I told you about how our air conditioning broke right before we had friends over? Yup, that was this day. But see, no one looks too sweaty or anything! It was alllll good (well, other than me just complaining about the heat).

I really did learn to roll with the punches for this summer party. We were planning on having the whole thing outside, setting up some cornhole, you know. Outdoor fun. And then it decided to rain all. day. long. For several days straight. Inside it was!

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Keep It Casual and Simple

As much as I love elaborate dinners and the like, when it comes to summer entertaining I want simple. Plain and simple. I’m funny, huh?

I picked as many things as possible that could be made ahead of time or required little prep work. A few easy appetizers and a build-your-own sandwich bar. So fun, right? Think mostly picnic-y foods. You’re going to want to eat it all – so good!

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Easy Appetizers

All the prep work for these dishes could be done a day or a few hours in advance. All I had to do was heat up the cheesy delicious dip and party!

Individual mediterranean dips (recipe at the bottom of this post!) served with plenty of pita chips. Sort of along the lines of a mexican seven layer dip but with mediterranean flavors instead! Including yummy Pacific Foods’ hummus and greek salad-esq veggies and feta!

Pacific Foods’ salsa con queso dip with bread cubes and sliced apples. Cheesy goodness combined with a little sweetness from the apples to get that sweet and savory thing going on. A must. The bread doesn’t hurt either. This platter was completely demolished in no time.

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Build-Your-Own Sandwich Bar

Below is what I served, but this is something you could easily switch up to your own preferences. I tried to pick a variety of options with plenty of combinations – you could go mexican with some tortillas, refried beans and salsa. Or classic, with some chicken and cheese. Or mediterranean with hummus, roasted veggies and mustard! Or you could really go crazy and be adventurous and make the sandwich your own.


marbled rye
flour tortillas


hummus, such as Pacific Foods’ organic hummus
refried beans, such as Pacific Foods’ organic refried black beans
sliced roasted chicken


roasted summer veggies (eggplant, squash, onion)
mango salsa
alfalfa sprouts
thinly sliced red onion
cheese slices


honey mustard
pepper jelly
plain greek yogurt

Side Dish:

strawberry quinoa balsamic salad

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Relax and Enjoy

I set up a few printed signs that clearly labeled all the food, put out a disposable tablecloth and everything was good to go. None of the food was anything that had to be attended to during the party, so I could just sit back and relax.

Emma also had a grand ol’ time.

1. Calming observing all the food set up on the table.
2. The agitated “why are you not giving me any of this” look.
3. Please? Don’t you see how cute I am!?

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Parting Words of Wisdom?

My advice for summer parties – keep everything as simple and easy as possible.

That way you can enjoy the company. Even if that means sitting inside on a rainy day in a super warm house. It will still be plenty of fun, I promise.

Individual Mediterranean Dips
Yield: about 9 individual cups
  • 2 small cucumbers, peeled and diced
  • 2 small green peppers, diced
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered if large
  • ½ cup minced red onion
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon salt, or more to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
  • pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 9 (9 ounce) plastic cups
  • 2 (12 ounce) packages Pacific Foods’ roasted red pepper hummus
  • 1 cup crumbled feta
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • pita chips, for serving
  1. In a medium bowl, add the cucumber, pepper, tomatoes, red onion, olive oil, vinegar, salt, oregano and red pepper flakes. Toss to combine.
  2. To assemble, in each plastic cup, spoon in some of the hummus and smooth into an even layer. Using a slotted spoon to remove any excess moisture, spoon some of the veggie mixture on top of the hummus. Top with a sprinkle of the feta. Repeat this process to fill the cup. Sprinkle the top with a touch of lemon zest.
  3. Place one pita chip in the cup for garnish if desired. Serve with additional chips.
You can make the veggie mixture ahead of time. Then all you have to do is assemble!

Olives would also be a great addition - I’m just not a fan!

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Looking for more party ideas? You can check out the Pacific Foods Pinterest board all about foodie parties!

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Pacific Foods. As always, all opinions and content are my own. Thank you for reading and letting me share companies that I love. These partnerships help support this blog and allow me to continue to create new recipes and content to share with you!


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  1. Jo @ the contented baker says:

    Lovely parties ideas Ashley! Gosh you have just the cutest dog too :-)

  2. Individual dips are such a great idea, Ashley! No double dipping ;) I do love pacific foods stuff -mainly because it’s one of the few packaged food brands that doesn’t have the long list of ingredients that I try to watch out for. I’ve never seen their hummus! So cool. That’d be great for travel actually. A sandwich bar is perfect for a party -everyone can make whatever they love/feel like! I may consult this post for a future gathering. Must pin! Must make! Must eat!

  3. Great post and I really love all of your tips. Pre-planning and pre-preparing is so much better than running around like a crazy person trying to get things done before guests arrive. I love those individual dip cups and your doggie is too cute.

  4. I love Emma!! She is so adorable! I don’t think I could help but give her piles and piles of food! I always get these grand party ideas, but I never seem to go through with them. In the end it just seems like so much work, but I love parties and your photos are making me want to throw one! I love all your options! I will have to keep them in mind for next time :)

  5. These are so cute Ashley! And I LOVE all the entertaining tips!!! Looks like it was a fab party even if the air was out!

  6. Ashley those individual portions of Mediterranean dip are genius! They are just so gorgeous and colorful, and it looks like your party was a smash hit! I’m pinning this dip for later for sure. :D

  7. This is such a fabulous idea! Perfect for a girls’ night in party.. or baby shower!

  8. Looks like a great party, Ashley! I love food that you don’t have to attend to- makes the party way more fun. Also, your dog is adorable!

  9. What a great post, Ashley! Great ideas for a summer party!
    It looks like you had a fun party! It’s so nice to be able to relax at your own party! Normally we have to take care of so many thing that you don’t have time to enjoy.
    Emma is so so so cute ;-)

  10. I love this version of 7-layer dip Mediterranean style – and serving it in cups for a party is such a perfect idea. Grab and go dining – I love it for a party!

  11. It looks like such a fun party! You did a great job with all the details and these little cups are adorable! Love how simple and easy they were and so glad they helped cut down on some of the prep work so you could have more time to enjoy :) Love the sandwich bar idea too!

  12. Love it Ashley! Easy, delicious, and beautiful! And the folks at Pacific are great. Love their products!

  13. You make it look easy, Ashley. Broken A/C, then rain…you certainly can roll with the punches! : ) Your party looks really lovely and well-organized. I particularly love that sandwich bar and the individual dips is such an excellent idea!

    • haha my husband would tell you that I *may* have gotten a little antsy when everything had to be pulled inside… :)

  14. I love Pacific Foods products and I think you did a fabulous job putting together easy snacks for the party! Everything looks so tasty and perfect for a super warm indoor party, haha.
    I’m sure Emma got to try a few things too, huh? I can see how it’s hard to say no to that face. She’s so precious.

    • Thanks Sarah! I have a feeling Emma got slipped a few things … people find it hard to resist the begging pose she does! lol

  15. Emma is so adorable! It looks like you had such a fun party, it’s so nice to be able to relax when you have company over and not be running around, taking things out of ovens, etc. I love the labels, too!

  16. I love the idea of build your own sandwich bars! I love anything where people get to play and customize!

  17. I love how you can make the food a day ahead of time and it’s still perfect and fresh, for me, that’s essential for any entertaining! Because then I can do the prep work after the kiddos have gone to bed but still serve up something really nice like you did!! I love your individual med dips, so grab and go. No worries about having a spoon or the food getting manhandled (I am such a weirdo about summer parties and how food gets handles, I won’t even take my own leftovers home for fear they’ve been too overhanded, I know, weird!) But these cups seem so sanitary to me, you could even do fruit this way. And your sandwich bar? How cute is that. You got your bread, proteins and awesome topping….might have to add the olives though, hehe. Have a great week =)

    • Thanks so much Laura! haha no I totally get it – I get weird about that stuff too. The little cups prevent so much of that!!

  18. I love the dip cups! That’s such a great idea. My friend’s mom did something similar with 7-layer dip for her bridal shower and it was actually a little mini party in itself with the bridesmaids assembling 60 of them, ha. This looks like a great way to keep yourself free while still feeding everyone — I’m a big fan of the sandwich bar!

  19. I just love Emma! she is so cute – If there is one thing about a Beagle, they sure do love to eat! and that food looks good

    • Thanks Donna! Oh my gosh I know. She is soooo food focused! Which is good for when we need to train her but all she does is beg! haha

  20. Simple parties are the best parties, because then you — the hostess — have more time to party! :) I love these fresh little Mediterranean dips, and I love Pacific Foods products! Happy Monday, Ashley!

  21. These little meditterranean dipsa re just too cute and what a wonderful idea a sandwich bar sounds like – I love the variety of breads and fixins Ashley!

  22. these dip cups are so cute! what a great idea :)

  23. First off, your dog is just the cutest! What a fun party, Ashley! I love these individual dips. I’ve seen similar ideas before and have yet to try it. Love the flavor combinations on this one!

  24. Wonderful dips! They are indeed perfect for the summer party!

  25. Elisa @ Insalata di Sillabe says:

    I love easy and simple parties like this one. I would have loved to be there, too! But, to be honest, my favorite part of the post are the pictures of Emma, I mean…how adorable is she?! My little Maya acts exactly the same when there’s food around and she isn’t allowed to eat anything. And it’s so hard to resist those big eyes!

    xo, Elisa

  26. #1, Emma is adorable…but I tell you this all the time. :)
    #2, Love your hosting tips!
    #3, my a/c broke last week so I can sympathize.
    #4, what an awesome dip and I love how you presented them!

  27. I LOVE this!!! I want to come to a party at your house!! (Scout does too). This looks like so much fun! :)

  28. How fun! Individual dip servings are such a great idea! Also, your pup is so so cute!

  29. What great party ideas! Thanks for sharing!

  30. Love it! What an awesome party. :)

  31. I found this post really lovely, Ashley. I would love to go to a party like this! Simple and relaxed but cool and snazzy, too. The individual dips are nothing short of genius! ;-)

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