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Peanut-inspired party ideas for National Peanut Month

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March is National Peanut Month and according to the National Peanut Board, the average American eats over six pounds of peanuts each year. Jennifer Durbin, author of Party Planning Tips for the Clueless Chick shares some fun ways for you to have a Peanut-themed Party.

Show Them the Love

A Jar Filled with Love: Whether you are opening a new jar of peanut butter to make a PB&J or some Triple Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies (hold for recipe), before you take the first scoop of peanut butter fill the jar with love by using your knife to draw a heart in the peanut butter. And yes, I do this every time I open a jar :-)

Snacks, Snacks and More Snacks

Mini PB&Js: Have fun with the traditional PB&J by using a mini loaf of bread, a cookie cutter to turn your PB&Js into fun shapes, or add a few strawberry slices for extra fresh flavor.

Peanuts: What could be better than a bucket full of peanuts? If you are looking for a fun centerpiece for the buffet table or snacks for around the campfire, a bucket full of peanuts is the way to go. And there is no shame in serving the lazy man's shelled peanut. TIP: If you are serving your bucket of peanuts inside be sure to use a tablecloth, and a drop cloth to make cleanup a breeze.

PB&J Thumbprint Cookies: A fun and easy way to put a spin on your favorite peanut butter cookie recipe is to add a jelly twist. Simply take your cookies out of the oven half way through the baking cycle, make a small indentation in the center of the cookie, pop them back in the oven and once fully baked drop a dollop of your favorite jelly in the center.

Triple Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies: Grab your favorite brownie mix, ½ cup of chocolate chips and a few dollops of peanut butter and you've got yourself Triple Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies. Prepare brownie mix as directed, add chocolate chips, pour into a pan, drop on a few dollops of peanut butter on top and cut in with a knife. Bake as directed, cool, and try not to eat the entire pan in one sitting.

If you have a peanut allergy in your house you can substitute some super yummy almond or sun butter for the peanut butter. For all of Jennifer's fun party inspiration and planning tips pick up a copy of Party Planning Tips for the Clueless Chick and follow the Clueless Chick on Facebook and Twitter.

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