Make party dip, Wholly Guacamole-style

No time to make your own guacamole for the Cinco de Mayo party tonight? The folks at Fort Worth-based Wholly Guacamole have a festive, short-cut dip that is sure to be the life of the fiesta. Make as much or as little as you want, depending in the size of the crowd. You might want to have a photo of a Mexican flag nearby so you replicate it accurately.

Wholly de guaco quick flag dip

1 package (or more) Wholly Guacamole

Fat-free sour cream

1 package (or more) Wholly Salsa -- your favorite heat level

Rosemary sprigs

Black beans and olives

Your favorite dipping chips

1. Divide a rectangular pan into thirds. Spread guacamole on left third, then sour cream in middle third, adding salsa on outer band last to avoid running.

2. Top center with an "eagle" of olives, beans and sprigs of rosemary. Enjoy right away with tortilla chips, or refrigerate.

Agua fresca de honeydew

Agua fresca, meaning "fresh cold water" in Spanish, is truly one of the coolest drinks you can enjoy, writes Dallas author Denise Gee in her new book Porch Parties (Chronicle Books, $16.95). The icy fruit drinks are most often served in one of the tall, rippled glass jars that you see in taquerias -- jars that make a great centerpiece for a party, she says.

This recipe serves a crowd but can easily be divided in half for a smaller group.

10 cups peeled honeydew melon chunks, from about 2 melons

1 cup fresh lime juice

1 cup sugar

8 cups water

1 10-pound bag of ice

Fresh honeydew or lime for garnish (optional)

1. Add the melon in batches to a food processor or blender and purée until smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides. Add the lime juice and sugar and process again.

2. Pour the melon mixture into a large serving container. Add the water and ice to the desired consistency and mix well. Serve in small cocktail glasses. Garnish, if desired.

Note: You can substitute watermelon or cantaloupe for the honeydew melon, if you'd like.