Creative ways to reuse leftover PARTY FOOD! (Soda, chips, cake, veggies trays, and more!)

If you've known me for 30 seconds or longer, you know we LOVE to host parties and entertain at our house. We have learned how to entertain without breaking the bank (see loads of cheap entertaining ideas HERE) but a lingering challenge that anyone faces when throwing a party is…what the heck do you do with all that leftover party food?? Sure, you can eat it as leftovers, give it away to party guests, and even to neighbors. BUT today I wanted to share several clever ways to reuse party food so you can eat them again and again, in different ways, without wasting a single morsel!

Thursday is New Video Day over on my YouTube channel, so todays tips are coming to you in video form. Be sure to subscribe to my channel, that's really where a lot of attention and focus is going lately since y'all have voted to see more videos! (Ask and ye shall receive, eh?)

Now, onto the tips!

Watch the video online, or click and watch below:

See? SO. STINKING. MANY ways to reuse food! Hopefully that gives you some confidence to get creative, and try some for yourself. Here are some links and resources to the ideas and recipes I mention in the video:

LEFTOVER PARTY FOODS TO REPURPOSE:

SANDWICHES:

VEGGIE TRAYS:

CAKE:

  • Freeze it! Cut into individual portions first, so you aren't committed to the whole thing when it comes time to thaw.
  • Make cake pops! Since you already have a frosted cake, just blend it together. I had to add a little bit of flour to get mine stiff enough to roll into balls.

CHIPS:

  • There are SO MANY RECIPES that call for potato chips! Just google “recipes that use potato chips”, or go to Allrecipes.com and do an ingredient search.
  • Make “Walking Tacos”! You can make them right in the mini bags of chips, or put some chips in the bottom of a bowl, top with anything you would normally put on a taco, and eat like a delicious…chippy…taco bowl. Just trust me on this!

SODA:

  • Use it to make a cake! All you need is 12 oz of soda and one boxed cake mix. That's IT! Mix together, and bake as directed. If you use light soda (like Sprite), use a light cake mix like vanilla or yellow. Dark soda (like Coke), use chocolate or a dark mix. Easy peasy! (But HERE's a recipe in case you're nervous.)

FRUIT:

Those are some of my ideas, what are yours?? Be sure to share below, and good luck at your next partaaaaay!

Hope you enjoyed!

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Comments

  1. Awesome tip! I really like the soda pop one, that’s a super smart tip! (I would just add; to save the trays all the food came in for perhaps making your own food tray to bring to your next pot luck).

  2. Wow! Really great tips, I usually end up just trying to eat the leftovers but inevitably get tired of them and a lot gets thrown out. I feel like there should be an emphasis in the video that you actually have to eat from and shop from your freezer after doing this!😄 It’s hard to change your mindset sometimes and instead of looking around my own pantry/freezer (hello #shelftember!?) I always forget to do that step and forget about things tucked deep in the freezer! These (truly inspired) tips only work if you remember to bust them out of the freezer and use them! Thanks Jordan!

  3. Great ideas! Sometimes we end up with leftovers from church events when we help with clean up. Freezing sandwiches is so easy!
    Good idea with the chips because they are gluten free and so am I. I am going to use that one!

  4. “In this ever-changing city, it has become the norm to see historical buildings reused as something other than their intended purpose Surely this isn”t a bad thing, unless you think Jane Jacobs was trolling us with that “new ideas need old buildings quip. One reason that The Playhouse survived this long was precisely because of adaptive reuse. If you contend that this is boring or banal (a breath of stale air), that”s a privileged position to be in, given that Hamilton”s go-to real estate solutions for many years (still the dominant mode, arguably) were either to let things rot while you watched your real estate holding grow in value or knock down what wasn”t immediately useful to you, or which required more creative imagination than you were prepared to invest in the city.

  5. “In this ever-changing city, it has become the norm to see historical buildings reused as something other than their intended purpose Surely this isn”t a bad thing, unless you think Jane Jacobs was trolling us with that “new ideas need old buildings quip. One reason that The Playhouse survived this long was precisely because of adaptive reuse. If you contend that this is boring or banal (a breath of stale air), that”s a privileged position to be in, given that Hamilton”s go-to real estate solutions for many years (still the dominant mode, arguably) were either to let things rot while you watched your real estate holding grow in value or knock down what wasn”t immediately useful to you, or which required more creative imagination than you were prepared to invest in the city.

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