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!

Conversations Hearts Party {Etsy Finds}

You are going to die when you see this party and then you are going to die when you hear how easy it is going to be for you to plan one yourself but first the pictures…

I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking “I want to plan a party exactly like that.” Well guess what? You can throw your very own Conversation Hearts party because the printables are for sale at the Green Apple Paperie shop on Etsy for $10! Now that is a deal and look at what all you get!
So get to planning and invite me! 😉

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

Happy Halloween!

I have been itching to host a Halloween party for years but it has just never been the right time. Last week (a week before Halloween) I finally decided to bite the bullet, live in the moment and just do it! I’m so glad I did so that now I can actually share my own Halloween party but I think next time my husband would appreciate it if I made up my mind more than a week before the party!

I wanted the theme to work for a Halloween party but also for a Fall or Thanksgiving party since Halloween would be over by the time I was going to be able to post pictures. My inspiration for the color scheme came from a Halloween sign that I’ve had for years. I tried to use a lot of whites and browns and a just a little black and orange. I even threw some gold in there! If you change the signage, I think this party would be perfect throughout November too.

An easy decorating tip: scrapbook paper comes in all different colors, themes and designs at your local craft store. Whenever you decide on a color scheme, peruse the scrapbook paper aisles to find papers that match your theme. Then you can use them as backdrops on chargers or plates to add a pop of color that not only creates an interesting aesthetic but also turns those boring old plates into something new and unique! I found my papers on sale at Michael’s and just cut them to fit the size of my chargers.  
Mummy Dogs. Pigs in a blanket with mustard eyes!
These “Nutty Ghosts” are SO EASY to make! Dip Nutter Butters in white chocolate and then add eyes with icing.
Caramel Apple toppings: Halloween Sprinkles, Crushed Kit Kat, Crushed Pecans and Heath Bar.
I used tree branches as the apples sticks for two reasons: they’re affordable and adorable!
I found these “Dragon Blood” labels on Martha Stewart and just changed the name on the label.
For smores I had three different types of marshmallows, Hershey’s bars, Cookies and Cream Hershey Bars and Reeses to put on Regular and Cinnamon Graham crackers! How’s that for a smore!?
There’s a tutorial for these Witches Brooms bags on Martha Stewart also.

 
I made all the printables on Microsoft Word because I know not everyone out there has access to Photoshop or knows how to use it for that matter. I used the drawing tool to make the circles and then placed a text box in the center. The outer yellow circle is 1.97″ with a 3 pt. thickness so that I could use a 2″ circle cutter to cut my circles perfectly. Then I bought full sheets of sticker paper from an office supply store, cut the circles and stuck them on black cardstock! Easy smeasy…minus all the problems I had with my printer (it needed more cleaning pads…whatever those are). Sometimes technology is so great, other times…
 
I hope everyone had a Happy Halloween! November is one of my favorite months so I am excited about what is it to come. I am coordinating a wedding this weekend so you won’t hear much from me this week but look for more Thanksgiving ideas soon!

Vintage Halloween Party by Sweets Indeed

This vintage Halloween dessert table by Sweets Indeed caught my eye immediately. The black lace is gorgeous yet creepy and who would’ve thought to use Monarch butterflies in a Halloween display? Simply genius! Also, using purple seems to be a common trend in this year’s party designs and I love it! It really adds a pop to the usual black and orange. Be sure to visit the Sweets Indeed blog for more eye candy of this beautiful display!

Photography by: The Pixel Studio
Vintage Prop Pieces by: Found Vintage Rentals
Cookies by: Sophie Hogarth
Cake by: Rebecca Lehman
Design, styling, paper goods and other desserts by: Sweets Indeed