When you are invited to a party/shindig/get-together, and the host quips, “It’s BYOB, FYI, LOL, YOLO,” (insert appropriate abbrevs as needed, depending on your host), it’s not too tough. You either grab a bottle of your favorite beverage, or pick one up along the way. If you are one of those thoughtful people, you might bring a bag of ice as a bonus.


Things get a little more complicated when the host casually states “Everyone is bringing a little something to share, so feel free to bring a dish if you’d like.” Obviously you can’t show up empty-handed and be the moocher of the group. On the other hand, you might not have the time or inclination to go all Martha Stewart with this. You just want to hang out with your friends, munch on some snacks, and discuss current events with the appropriate amount of snark.

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Good news – there is a middle ground between mooch and Martha Stewart for party-goers. Whenever I am heading to an event, I grab something fairly easy to prepare but ensure the presentation is flawless. This saves time, but still shows care and effort.

At a recent event I was heading to, I opted to create a dish my friends always enjoy: Ruffles Original Potato Chips.

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  • 1 bag of Ruffles Original Potato Chips
  • Parsley for garnish (optional, but classy)

1) Get bag of potato chips

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2) Realize it might look tacky if you just show up with a bag of chips and search for a bowl

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3) Pour the chips into the bowl

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4) Put saran wrap on top of the bowl for optimal freshness

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4) Bring along with you, and don’t forget to bring the bowl home with you for your next outside culinary endeavor

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10 thoughts on “BYOF

  1. I love that you went all classy lady with the parsley for garnish. If you can’t go all Martha on the snacks, you can still get a little Emeril Lagasse and kick this one up a notch with two more items.

    1. 16oz container of sour cream
    2. one pack of Lipton french onion soup mix.

    Stir the soup mix into the sour cream and place in a lovely coordinating bowl and watch the magic happen.

    • I feel like you should come to my next get-together, great dip recipes in hand. I imagine much magic would happen. Good point that a stellar side dish earns mucho BYOF points, especially with coordinating dishware.

      • If there is ruffles and french onion dip I come like a moth to a flame….

        Coordinating dishware is a must for a very Martha-esque presentation. Of course she would have hand crafted a dish out of something ridiculous but hey, if there was no Martha how would I know what my homemaking should aspire to be in my dream life.


  2. This is awesome. Your posts are cracking me up. The parsley makes a TOTAL difference. So, SO, very classy. I’m 100% using this recipe at the next BYO party I’m invited to attend.

    • Thanks for reading! I’m glad you are able to fully appreciate the classiness of parsley. Your friends will be blown away by your BYO prowess, fo’ sho’.

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