"Dips say to me that Aunt Bea did not make much of an effort!
I disagree. Dips play a good part at a Party. They either help get the party started or may be all there is to eat at a party. It's easier and more polite to dig into some dip and a nibble than to dive right into a larger dish, even though you know everyone can't wait . Either way dips are good.
I make Guacamole. or sour cream based dips or bean dip.
I buy Jarred Salsa and hummus. I also make these as homemade sometimes too, esp salsa fresca.