Our Family Holiday Party with Ragu

Living hours away from my family is tough. I can’t stop by for a visit or go shopping with my mom when I want to. I can’t invite everyone over for dinner or have an impromptu game night. But thankfully they are close enough that I can go for a visit a few times each year. This year I decided to organize a family holiday party and going against tradition, I served an Italian meal.

As a Ragu Mom’s the Word on Dinner Ambassador I have enjoyed experimenting with new recipes and learning more about the Ragu brand. I even visited New York City for the first time thanks to the great people at Ragu! As a part of my ambassadorship I was to throw two parties featuring Ragu products. I had the first party for my birthday in August and it was a lot of fun. The second party was our Family Holiday Party held in mid-December.

I decided to keep our party menu fairly simple. I made Three Cheese Baked Ziti using one of Ragu’s recipes. I also served salad with Italian dressing and garlic bread.

It was delicious! For dessert I was planning on make a tiramisu cake but I ran out of time. Instead I purchased this gorgeous cake and some red velvet cupcakes.


Everyone really enjoyed their meal and I loved spending some quality time with my favorite people – my family!

As a thank you for coming to the party I put together some fun gift packs to hand out. Each gift pack included a jar of Ragu sauce, a spaghetti measuring tool, a box of spaghetti, parmesan cheese and a kitchen towel. I packaged everything inside a handy plastic kitchen storage container. Everyone loved their gifts, including my uncle Sam!

family with gifts

I have had so much fun as a Mom’s the Word on Dinner Ambassador for Ragu. I have learned what works at dinnertime for other moms and what doesn’t. I have  met some of the other Mom’s the Word on Dinner Ambassadors. And I have even spoken with one of Ragu’s farmers to learn more about how the tomatoes are grown and harvested for the sauce. (more on that coming in soon!)

If you haven’t already, I would suggest you like Ragu on Facebook. There are many great discussions going on where you can learn tips about making dinnertime a success. You can also talk directly with the folks at Ragu, I’m sure they would love to hear from you!

Today I am giving one lucky reader a $300 Amex Gift card courtesy of Ragu!

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Disclosure I am a Ragu Mom’s the Word on Dinner Ambassador and I have received compensation as such. As always, opinions are my own.

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  1. Eileen says:

    Congrats to Shannon!

  2. Sheila Vives says:

    We love Ragu ! It is a favorite at our house.

  3. Soha Molina says:
  4. Andrea says:

    Hi Jody! That will be fine, please leave the link to your post in the form on Rafflecopter.

    There are blogs that have Giveaway Linkys and for that entry you would just leave the link to my contest on the linky at their blog. Then you would come back here and leave the link to their linky in the form. :)

  5. barb@blogfully says:

    Hey Andrea! Happy New Year!!!
    I’m like everyone else here…Ragu is definitely a staple in our home too. In fact, we just had some last night.
    barb@blogfully´s last post ..How Do You Stop The Yawns?

    • Andrea says:

      Hi Barb! Happy New Year! We’ve been using Ragu for years so when I was given the opportunity to be an ambassador I just couldn’t pass it up!

  6. Jenn says:

    Thank you for the great giveaway. :)

  7. Jennifer Peters says:

    Happy New Year! Ragu is a Household Staple of ours.

    • Andrea says:

      Happy New Year Jennifer!

  8. ellen says:

    I am still subscribed but didnt get his email- naughty old cyberspace!

    • Andrea says:

      Hi Ellen, I hope you had a great holiday! I’m not sure why you’re not receiving the emails, but I will check into it again. Thank you for letting me know!

      • ellen says:

        Yahoo in its infinite wisdom just this week started giving me feedburner emails- the first day I got all three weeks of the- or about 4K at once. I need to double check yours.

        Congrats to Shannon!

        • Andrea says:

          Ugh, must be something going on with their mail servers. Hope you’re having a great Sunday!

  9. Eileen says:

    Love baked Ziti with tons of Mozarella cheese! That cake looks like you could reach out and taste it. Being a Ragu ambassador sounds fun!

  10. Ashley Hatten says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! Have a Happy New Year! Best wishes :)

    • Andrea says:

      Happy New Year Ashley!

  11. Greg says:

    I like putting Ragu on spinach and throwing on some mozzarella, like a super quick lasagna. Tastes the same to me & much better for me too.

  12. Vickie Couturier says:

    heres my tweet link,it wouldnt let me put it in the blank

    • Andrea says:


      It let me enter your link on the form. I entered it under my name so that your entry would count. Entries that aren’t on the Rafflecopter form aren’t counted so please try again the next time you tweet. Thank you!