Wyclef Jean and Ritz Crackers Team Up for Summer Block Party

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EAST HANOVER, NJ, May 11, 2010 /PRNewswire/ Summer is a time for fun. And nothing captures the fun of summertime more than the block party, bringing people in the neighborhood together to enjoy great food and music. RITZ crackers, the brand that is Open for Fun, is teaming up with world-renowned music artist Wyclef Jean to serve up all the ingredients for this summer’s ultimate block party experience.

Debuting today, Wyclef stars in the new RITZ commercial, where he leads the RITZ marching band to a neighborhood block party and amps up the fun. The commercial features a remix of Wyclef’s song “17”, in an upbeat marching band style, created exclusively for RITZ.

“RITZ is all about fun! We are collaborating because music and food are always at the center of people getting together for good times, and “17” (Marching Band Remix) is a song that helps us remember how much fun it was being young and hanging out with friends,” said Wyclef. “Summer is a time to kick back and have fun, and block parties are a great way to do it. If you’ve got RITZ and some inspiring music, you’re off to a great start.”

While Wyclef has focused his recent efforts on helping the people of his native Haiti recover from the January earthquake, he is also taking time to inspire people to create their own block parties. RITZ and Wyclef are teaming up to offer these easy block party tips, which are sure to make your party great:

  • -Start it off with great food! Be sure to use easy and tasty recipes so you can spend more time with your friends and less time in the kitchen. Check out -Wyclef’s essential block party recipe: Island Black Bean Hummus Toppers ( click here for recipe).
  • -Bring in the music to amp up the fun. Check out the RITZ Crackers Facebook page for Wyclefs ultimate summer playlist (www.Facebook.com/ritzcrackers).
  • -Get the whole community involved. Develop a checklist of needs and have everyone bring something to the party, whether it’s food, music or games. -Planning and collaboration can be half the fun!
  • -Presentation is key. Use happy, bright colors to compliment the food and drinks. Try a tangerine-colored tablecloth with hot pink napkins, or citrus green plates with lemon yellow serving trays.

“The block party is an essential part of summer fun,” says Sheeba Philip, Senior Brand Manager for RITZ. “We’re thrilled to partner with Wyclef to create the ultimate summer block party bringing delicious recipes from RITZ and the fun of his music to people.”



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