Super Bowl XLV

I’ve been so focused on Valentine’s Day I nearly forgot about the Super Bowl! The Super Bowl is a perfect excuse to throw a party even if you’re a Dallas Cowboy fan and not so excited about either of the teams headed to play at our stadium. Can you tell I’m over it?

The Super Bowl is not just about the game though. It’s also about the commericals (my favorite), the half time show, the food (my other favorite) and the fellowship (ok whatever I like it all)! I heard the other day that the Super Bowl is men’s Valentine’s Day or more plainly put, the Super Bowl is for men and Valentine’s is for women. I think it’s no mistake that there are hundreds upon hundreds of Valentine’s themed parties out there but when it comes to the Super Bowl…not so much. I am planning my own Super Bowl party year this year but in the meantime here are a few ideas to equip you with a knock out party!

First of all, check out Andrea Correale’s tip for ways to spice up your Super Bowl party here. I love this table she made for the Super Bowl though you’ll have to switch out the Jets helmet!

As for food, my go-to websites for recipes mostly include The Food Network and Our Best Bites. Here are just a few of many ideas for snack foods on game day…

Being from Texas, my husband and I LIVE for Queso. We normally make the Rotel/Velveeta queso because it is cheap and easy but this recipe from Our Best Bites looks mighty tasty too. I think I’ll give it a whirl for this year’s Super Bowl especially since we hold a special place in our heart for blanco (white) queso.

My best friend makes this Jalapeno Popper Dip often and ya’ll I can eat the whole thing by myself. Her only recommendation is that you use half if not a fourth of the jalapenos because it can get spicy fast. I’m a spicy fan myself so half is good for me…I think.

I saw a recipe for Guacamole on Whole Food’s website and since it was made specifically in honor of the Super Bowl I would like to try it out this year. The picture above is actually not the recipe for this quacamole but it is a creative way to display any guacamole if you choose to make it.
I’m pretty sure your husband will flip if you make (or buy) wings for Super Bowl Sunday. The Food Network offers many buffalo wing recipes with all kinds of sauces. My hubbies’ favorite is honey barbeque wings and Ranch dressing.

Our Best Bites created these particular sliders for Better Homes and Garden and being a huge fan of crispy onion stings I’m already sold.

I had to include a recipe from Paula Deen and these chili bowls are great because they are bite size and would work well on a decorated food table. You could even make cupcake toppers to stick out of the tops of these. Who says cupcake toppers have to go on cupcakes?

Speaking of cupcakes, there is no shortage of ideas out there for Super Bowl parties. In fact, over at Celebrations.com,  Jeanne Benedict has several ideas for cupcakes including Ref, Trophy and Hamburger cupcakes! My favorite cupcakes, though, are these by the talented Bakerella

If you can’t find football candles as pictured above, Bakerella gives step-by-step instructions on how to make these football Oreo balls…and also on how NOT to make them. 🙂 They can also be made into cake balls and served by themselves.

As for other desserts…

I saw this idea from Martha Stewart last year and thought it looked as enticing as it would taste.
A cake is always an easy way to incorporate any theme. The Food Network offers a recipe for this cake but of course you can always order one from a local bakery as well.
Now let’s talk party supplies. Etsy already has plenty of shops with everything from cupcake toppers to banners for both the Steelers and the Packers. For Steelers party supplies try here and here. For the Packers, go here or here. For both teams, go here or here. If you plan on doing invitations, I love this idea:
 And these would be cute if you plan on doing a generic party…
In fact, if you have Silhouette or Cricut machine, you can buy football themed scrapbook paper from an arts and crafts store and make your own cupcake wrappers! The possibilities are endless! Check back next week for a post about our Super Bowl party!

Ice Skating Party

I live in Texas so I’m not going to act like I’m ever going to get to throw a party like this one (unless it’s on the mall ice rink) but a girl can dream right? It snowed here this weekend though and I’m just so jealous of all you northerners who could have snow parties any day of the winter if you wanted! We’d be crazy to try and plan a party around snow in the south! For those of you who are blessed enough to see snow more than once during the winter, check out this enchanting ice skating party by Kate of Beautiful Days Weddings and Events

Operation Give Thanks

Operation Shower has put together a great opportunity for you to help military families! This is from the Operation Give Thanks website:

Operation Give Thanks is a nation-wide fundraising campaign to help Operation Shower continue our mission to throw amazing baby showers for military families to ease the burden of deployment….

We are often asked how to best help Operation Shower. We decided that since Operation Shower gives back to our military families through parties, so can YOU !

We are asking people across the nation to host a party, big or small, between now and the end of the year to raise money for Operation Shower. What a wonderful way to express your gratitude and thanks at this special time of year — and have fun!

Our long-term goal is to reach every military base in the nation. Our short-term goal is to raise $50,000 through Operation Give Thanks to enable us to shower over 200 more moms-to-be ! That’s right, if you raise $250 for Operation Shower, that helps us to throw a full amazing baby shower with gifts for a military mom to be whose spouse is deployed!

What a great cause right? AND what a great excuse to throw a party! Also, some of my favorite party sites created FREE printables so you can host your party in style! (You do not have to throw a baby shower to help…you can throw any type of party!) Check it out:

Paper and Cake created these printables which would be just perfect for a baby shower or sip ‘n see!


These printables by Paper and Pigtails would be great for a baby shower, a gender reveal party, a 1st birthday party or a theater party!

Jenn at Parties by Hardie actually created three different printable collections for a girl, a boy or neutral. Her printables would be great for a baby shower or kid’s birthday party.
Hostess with the Mostess took a different route and created her Grateful Mod fall holiday printables that would be great for Thanksgiving or Fall showers and parties!
And last but certainly not least, Kim from The TomKat Studio also created fall themed printables which happen to be my personal favorite!
If you decide to host a party, please email Operation Shower at lena@operationshower.org or amy@operationshower.org and they will help guide you and provide more information!

Camping Out

I don’t know how the weather is around the rest of the country but here in Texas it is perfect for an outdoor party. Sunny skies and 80 degrees during the day, cool nights and a tad breeze are perfect for the newest themed party I have seen showcased often lately: campout parties! What a great theme not only for a little boy (or little girl’s) birthday party but for an engagement party or couples shower as well.

This first party was actually a Tom Sawyer party featured on The Party Dress. I love all the little details from the Boston Baked Beans candy party favors to the adorable bonfire cupcakes!

This next party is also Tom Sawyer inspired from Kate Landers Events, LLC. Kate says she “immediately re-read the books, watched the original films, and tried to think of how to create a scene for the guests that made them feel like they were riding down the Mississippi River with Tom and Huck on a raft-maybe hopping on a steamboat ferry for a gourmet meal, or eating pie on an Aunt’s front porch while cooling off with a glass of lemonade.” I’d say she did a pretty amazing job at conveying all of the above!

And this party was an actual campout party by Lisa with Moore Minutes for her little boy Dakotah. I LOVE what she had to say on her blog about planning the party: “Camping isn’t really “my thing”. I’d rather be sitting cozy in a 5 star resort getting a pedicure…BUT the reality is I spent the weekend in the dirt with 4 little boys….” She sounds EXACTLY like me! If (and that is a big IF) you are going to go camping (for real) then you might as well do it in style right?



Look closely…the gifts are all wrapped in camoflauge wrapping paper!
Lisa homemade trail mix for all the boys’ place settings.
And my FAVORITE part of this party is the smores bar! I have seen this before and think it is just the cutest idea ever and is an idea that can be used for any type of party! I mean, how fun would this be at a wedding!?

I just love this picture of the boys with their “hobo sticks”! Lisa made these for the boys as their party favors!

Happy Camping!