Friday, January 29, 2016

The Ultimate Big Game Day Party

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I am a huge football fan y'all! From cheerleading all through high school and being at every game, to coaching cheerleading as an adult, having season tickets to college games, and enjoying the = fall! And I am in love with all of it.

So of course getting ready for the Big Game is a must in this house! And what is more fun than getting craftastic and creating your ultimate home bowl party!

So let's get prepped to put together an awesome party! The number one place on my list to head to when organizing any party, is Target. I am such a huge fan of Target (I mean who isn't, right?). It truly is a one stop shop where I can get absolutely everything I am looking for to create the coolest party. 

While I was at Target I was able to grab my food ingredients, plates, napkins, decor crafty items....basically, you name it, I found it! Which made life super easy for me since I am constantly on the go with my busy family. I love that, while perusing the food isles, I found this end cap of Coca-Cola 6 packs and the cutest little REESE'S Cups tiny footballs. I mean if REESE'S weren't already my favorite candy, making them into tiny footballs was that much more awesome! Perfection for the party!

So let's talk decor! I love working around fun themes and my Ultimate Big Game Day was such a great theme to create a party with. I am a classic decor style decorator, so already in my home I had items such as a wood crate, a metal tub, and multiple chalkboards. I rounded them all up and placed them around this side table to create the ultimate concession stand. 

The top of the table is literally just some fun stripped wrapping paper I had around that I thought worked perfect with this theme. The green banner, bags, and washi tape I found at Target (again my amazing one stop shop!). Add in those adorable REESE'S Cups and a tub full of Coca-Cola and your concession stand is ready to go!

Next I moved on to creating the perfect football themed drinking glasses for the party. I found these Kerr Mason Jars at Target in the kitchenware section of the store. They have these and the Ball Jars, but for this particular DIY, I prefer the Kerr since they don't have any markings on the sides or the back of the jars. It made this DIY so much easier to create.

So the first thing I did was to cut up strips of tape. Originally I was going to buy washi tape for my project but I found this awesome dry erase tape in the craft section of Target and thought how perfect. Now if my guests want to write their name somewhere on the strips they can, and drinks won't get confused with one another. 

So I went with the dry erase tape and cut it into five strips. One long strip for the middle and four shorter strips to create football laces. 

After I centered the middle strip on the back of the jar, I went through and carefully placed each of the four remaining strips across the middle one to make perfect football laces.

I absolutely love how this project came out and it was so super perfect to serve my guests delicious Coca-Cola out of during the party. I actually repeated this idea with some brown paper bags that I found at Target and filled them up with the adorable REESE'S Cups footballs for all my guests to enjoy!

The next thing I wanted to do was but together a creative food recipe that would pair perfectly with the Coca-Cola drink jars. We are huge Mexican food fans in this house so I couldn't think of a better pairing! I decided on making a football stadium dipping tray of all my favorite Mexican fixings.

I began this process by making my famous (well, at least in our house) guacamole that I learned how to make while I was living in Uganda this past year. Trust me, it's delicious!

Ingredients Needed:
7-8 Avocados
1 Small Red Onion
2 Tablespoons of Garlic Powder
1 Tablespoon of Salt
1 Teaspoon of Pepper
1/2 a Lime

Start by cutting up the avocados. If you have never done this before, you want to start by slicing around the entire length of the avocado (making sure you go around all sides). Next you are going to twist the two halves in opposite directions so that you can pull them apart. Then you are going to want to remove the pit. The easiest way I've found to do this is by placing your knife in the center of the pit and then twisting it. It usually comes out quite easily. I then make slices in the avocado with my knife and, using a spoon, scoop out all of the pieces. 

Tip: Since avocados are not really in season, they may not be that ripe when you buy them. If you want them to ripen quickly and in time for your party, simply place them in a paper bag over night with an apple in it. This fun trick will ripen those little suckers right up!

Using a fork, you are going to want to smash up the chunks of avocado. Depending on preference, it is up to you whether you want them to be more smooth or more chunky. Next you are going to cut up one small red onion and add it into your avocado mix. Stir these well together.

To finish this off, you are going to add the garlic powder, salt, and pepper into your mixture and mix those well. Finally cut your half of a lime into two quarters and squeeze them over the top of the bowl, stirring the juice in as well. Your guacamole recipe is complete! And you are now ready to begin the football stadium!

By using a large, disposable pan, I spread the guacamole across the center creating my football field. Make sure that when you are doing this, you leave a decent amount of room on the edges of the tray for the end zones. Using salsa, I then filled in the end zone spaces. For a little added design, and even more Mexican goodness, I sprinkled a Mexican cheese blend on the very edges of the end zones. 

Next I created a piping bag and filled it with sour cream for the field lines. Don't have a piping bag you say?? No problems! Simply grab a plastic sandwich bag out of your cupboard and snip a tiny piece of the bottom corner off. Instant piping bag! Use this to draw a few lines down the center of your guac to complete your football field.

This delicious tray became the centerpiece of the party! I then cut up a ton of my favorite veggies and placed them around the field to complete my stadium. This was seriously such a delicious way to kick off my home bowl!

The refreshing football glasses of Coca-Cola paired perfectly with the veggies and dip. And for a great sweet treat, the REESE'S added the perfect amount of deliciousness. Everything was not only fun to eat and enjoy, but I had a blast creating and putting it all together as well. 

My hubby couldn't wait to dig in to the yummy stadium once everything was out on the table!

I truly hope that this has inspired you to create your own #HomeBowlParty for the big game! It's such a great way to show your creative side, spoil your guests, and celebrate something we all love...Football!! If you decide to recreate any of these ideas or come up with some great ones of your own, I would love to see them! Use the hashtag #HomeBowlParty and I will be following along to see all of your awesome creations!

And if you are excited to put together your very own Home Bowl Party, I would love to help you out! Here are some great Cartwheel App deals just for you. Click Here to get a great savings on Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Coke Zero, & Sprite 6-pack 500ml Bottles. But hurry up because the offer expires on Feb 13, 2016. And Click Here for a 15% savings on those adorable REESE'S Cups Footballs I've been raving about. You don't want to miss them because this offer expires on Feb 13 as well. 

Don't know what the Cartwheel App is?? It's only the greatest way to save at Target! And I'm not talking tiny savings. I love this app and use it regularly. Last time I was at Target it saved me over $10 on my entire purchase through all of the great discounts. I am seriously in love. You have to get it on your phone. Seriously....go download it now lol.

I love you all lots and can not wait to see all of your Home Bowl Party creations!

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