Even though I’ve been a part of (in)courage for more than two years and have visited the actual beach house (and have been hearing about (in)RL for months now), it only occurred to me a few weeks ago that my (in)RL meetup should have a beach theme.

[And yes, even though I wrote a book about planning parties, I didn’t start my actual planning until two weeks ago. Like I said, it’s been a rough month.]

So when I decided to get my act together and plan this thing, I was looking for simple, cute ideas to go with the beach theme. I knew I didn’t have time or patience to do anything elaborate. Mark actually suggested making snickerdoodle cupcakes (with cinnamon sugar sprinkled on top to look like sand), and I figured a bowl of Goldfish crackers would be a good salty companion to cupcakes and the requisite M&Ms.

But then I went to Annalyn’s preschool family day, where kids and grown-ups alike were served tiny paper cups of Goldfish. They seemed more seasoned than normal and I started wondering what I could add to the crackers to fancy them up just a tad. I thought garlic salt or perhaps grated Parmesan cheese, but after a quick search, I found this great recipe on Taste of Home.

Seasoned Goldfish Crackers

3 packages (6.6 oz each) Goldfish
1 envelope ranch salad dressing mix
3 tsp dill weed
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp lemon-pepper seasoning
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
2/3 cup canola oil

Put the crackers into a large ziploc. Mix together remaining ingredients, then pour over crackers. Zip the bag, and shake until crackers are coated. Pour crackers onto two large baking sheets. Bake at 250 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Cool completely before storing in an airtight container.

I think they turned out pretty well. Well enough that I had to give away the leftovers so I wouldn’t eat them all – and I don’t even really like “normal” Goldfish!

What’s your favorite salty party snack?

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