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16 ideas for a no-fuss summer party

For your next backyard bash, impress your guests with these deceptively easy ideas for food, drink, and festiveness

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The 5-minute crowd-pleaser snack
Photo by Jeffery Cross

The 5-minute crowd-pleaser snack

To fancy up chips and dip, make the bowl you serve them in pretty, the dip smoky, and the potato chips Western. We crunched through 30 brands to pick our faves.

Recipe: Smoky Clam Dip (pictured)

Our picks for chips: 

  • Kettle Brand Chips Backyard Barbecue. The perfect balance of sweetness, smoke, and a little heat.
  • Alaska Chip Company. Their classic chip is crunchy with natural sweetness.
  • Tim’s Cascade Style Jalapeño Chips. Thick-cut chips with a bright, zippy flavor.
  • Poore Brothers Salt & Vinegar. Crisp, with wonderfully tart flavor. Find them in Arizona, Colorado, and SoCal.


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