Friday, September 23, 2016

Show your team spirit with Coca-Cola!

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In our house, football equals food, friends, and fun! We were just itching for this season to start! Are you looking for fun ways to enjoy game day? We've teamed up with Walmart to show you fun and easy ways to get your game on! 

And whether you're on the sidelines cheering, or watching from home, our team spirit station is sure to help you get your game on! And while you're looking for other game day ideas, head over to NotSoFastMom.com for more inspiration and recipes.

When I was a cheerleader back in my college days, I had to have lots of team spirit! It was our job to keep the crowd pumped up, even if our team wasn't doing so hot. It's easy to stay pumped up if you have the right items to show off that team spirit! Why not set up a "Team Spirit" Station?! 

Have your station include everything your guests will need to cheer on their favorite team! I painted an old potting table in green, black and white. I added a chalkboard back drop and painted "team spirit station" with a chalk marker.


I made sure the station had beads, pom-poms, eyeblack stickers, wristbands, cowbells, megaphones, and facepaint!


And let's not forget the main staple of a great football tailgate party - the food! You can serve a gourmet meal, or set out appetizers. Either way you serve it, make sure to have refreshing Coca-Cola for all your game day needs! 

POWERADE can also come into "play" if you're sweating on the sidelines, cheering on your team!

I easily found them in the soda & beverage aisles at my local Walmart.

I headed to my local Walmart for all the tailgate fixings! I love to simmer little smokie sausages in bbq sauce. It super easy to prepare, and also filling. My football themed crock-pot from Walmart serves up the perfect batch for my guests, every time! 


While at Walmart, I also spotted some delicious double chocolate-chip cookies. I added frosting laces to the tops of the cookies to resemble footballs. 

Bacon wrapped hot dogs, anyone?! Top them with your favorite items. I used pico-de-gallo, and it was definitely a crowd favorite!




Add some football themed decor to add around your party table, ice chest, etc. To make things a bit easier, I'm including a free football banner download that I created. I'm also adding in some festive straw flags - they're perfect when sipping on an ice cold Coca-Cola!


Do you have any fun game day traditions? What about a tasty recipe idea! I'd love to hear about it! 









Thursday, September 15, 2016

NYC themed birthday party

Since starting school last year, my son Jordan learned all about the Statue of Liberty from his kindergarten teacher. Since then, he's been fascinated with Lady Liberty and all things New York city! He was very specific about some of the party details for his upcoming 6th birthday, and I truly enjoyed working together with him on his NYC themed birthday party!

The party guests were greeted by a personalized Subway entrance

Each party guest had a chance to wear their own Lady Liberty crown. I found a free download from Paging SuperMom. The crowns helped get everyone in the NYC party mood!

We wanted to create a city street vibe so we used brick flat paper for our party backdrop. I personalized a Taxi Cab Standee especially for the birthday boy! I also added a racetrack runner to transport the guests to "New York City". 

We used the Times Square theme kit to decorate around the yard. This kit was packed full of fun cardboard props and standees - one of my favorite sets thus far! The Timesquare Skyscrapers instantly transformed our yard into a fun cityscape! 

And get a look at this huge Lady Liberty standee! She was the highlight of the party and stood at an awesome 9 feet high. She overlooked the party and made a cool impact!  

One of the party activities my son wanted to do was paint with his friends! I contacted this wonderful site called Social Artworking. They were wonderful to work with! The guests, and especially my birthday boy, had such a fun time painting their very own picture of the Statue of Liberty. 

To help keep any possible painting mishaps to a minimum, I covered the tables in white flat paper. To make the table covers more New York city-like, I hand wrote I heart NY and added red heart cutouts to the white paper.





Our party menu consisted of boxed salads, fruit cups, and all the fixings to create your own version of a delicious street dog! This cardboard hot dog cart was a huge hit at the party! It looked very realistic. We hung a cool Broadway sign in the background.



The party stayed pumped up with a cool DJ, and some karaoke! 



Jordan's #1 party request was to have a Statue of Liberty cake! We immediately called Sweet Talk Bake Shoppe to see what she could do for us. She created this darling cake with a fondant cityscape, and cake pop apples on the top. I added some clip art prints of the Empire State Building, and Lady Liberty. The birthday boy loved it, and that was the goal!


Not only was the Statue of Liberty cake birthday boy-approved, he also loved the cookies and mini cupcakes that were made - also from the Sweet Talk Bake Shoppe. I love how the desserts popped against the checkered table cover



Jordan the birthday boy had such a great time with his friends and family! He looked so cute in his custom made NYC birthday crown, from Shawna Brockmeier Styled Events. He even announced on the DJ's microphone that this was the best bithday party he ever had! 












Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Game Day | Easy DIY project

It's time to start gearing up for football! Every year we love to host the big game. I make sure my party table is filled with delicious food, and great decor.

I created a super easy DIY project that will work perfectly for your big football party! It will add just enough "fun" to your game day spread.

To make this project, you will need following supplies:

Styrofoam letters of your choice.
Poster markers in black and white.


I first set out all the letters, and prepped my project area. The poster markers are a water-based paint and make for easy clean-up. The paint bottles have a sponge top that make application a breeze! 

I started applying the paint on the styrofoam letters in easy strokes. You'll need to gently squeeze the bottle, and dab the sponge onto the surface, at the same time. Cover the desired area of your letter(s).

I found that two coats of paint worked best. Make sure your first application is completely dry before adding on your second coat. 

After my letters were thoroughly dry, it was time to work on the next step. 
I wanted my letters to resemble a playbook. To do this, I painted on arrows, X's, and O's. Once the paint was dry, I configured my letters on the party table. 


I added some fake grass to the party table, and set the letters up accordingly. Add your party trays, drinks, and lots of sideline snacks, and you'll be ready for the big game!