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Wednesday, November 15, 2017



It's almost Turkey Time! Are you ready to celebrate Thanksgiving?
Guests invited?
Food planned? 
Bought the bird?
Table decorated? 

Make turkey cup favors for Thanksgiving.

Want to add in a little fun?  Maybe you'll want to make these cute little turkey cup favors for your feast?  Filled with popcorn, they give guests the perfect little snack, as they wait for Grandpa to pass the gravy!  Of course they could be filled with other little treats as well.  These turkeys come together...much, much quicker than cooking the bird in the oven!


Make turkey favors for your Thanksgiving table.
Supplies Needed:
Kraft colored cups or snack bowls.  (I used 8.6oz snack bowls.)
Wiggle eyes- big size (2 per cup)
1 small piece of orange fun foam
Feathers--  about 5-6 feathers per cup
Red pom pom ribbon (I found this at Target.)
Scissors
Hot glue gun

Turkey craft for Thanksgiving.
1)  Hot glue the eyes on the cup, touching each other.


Turkey craft for Thanksgiving.
It's kind of fun to have all the eyes looking at you!!

Turkey craft for Thanksgiving.
2) Using a small piece of orange fun foam, cut a small triangle and hot glue it on, under the eyes.





Turkey craft for Thanksgiving.
3) Cut a small piece of pom pom ribbon and glue it on next to the beak.


Turkey craft for Thanksgiving.
4) Hot glue feathers to the back of the cup.


Turkey craft for Thanksgiving.
5) Trim off any ends that hang over the bottom edge of the cup with scissors.

Turkey craft for Thanksgiving.


6)  Add popcorn or another treat to the cup.

Turkey craft for Thanksgiving.

These turkeys don't have to watch you eat on Thanksgiving Day, instead, gift them to friends and neighbors.  Simply place popcorn treat in a bag and tie with twine.


Turkey craft for Thanksgiving.

Happy Thanksgiving!  Gobble, Gobble!




Here's some more turkey ideas for you:

Turkey Tags



Candy Turkey Favors


Turkey Washi Tape Sacks


Turkey Cookie Pops
 



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Thursday, November 9, 2017



Did you already check out our Seahawks Brownie Dessert Bar...
if not, click here and come back!

Football Party Snack Mix

Tonight the Hawks are playing and we're ready with our family's favorite party snack mix...but this time we've changed it up a bit and added some Seahawks flair!  Yep, this one is for the true Hawk fans.
Not a Seattle Seahawks fan?  Gasp!   (Well...I guess you could always adapt it to fit the team you're rooting for?)

Football Party Snack Mix

We're going blue and green (Seahawks colors, of course) with this mix. Take a look!

Football Party Snack Mix
6 cups of popped popcorn.  I usually use microwave popcorn, but any kind of popped popcorn works.  Does not have to be buttered, oh--but it could be.


Football Party Snack Mix
Approximately 2-3 cups of Blue Corn Tortilla Chips. I broke the chips in half to make the mixing easier.

Football Party Snack Mix
2 cups of Baldwin Smacks cereal.  Doug Baldwin #89 is the Seahawks wide receiver and apparently he has his own cereal?  This cereal is found in Seattle area grocery stores.  (You could easily substitute Sugar Smacks cereal, instead.)


Football Party Snack Mix
2 cups of football shaped pretzels.  Have you seen these in your store?  (Substitute pretzel twists if you can't find these, but aren't they the cutest?!)


Football Party Snack Mix
2 cups miniature marshmallows.  I like the softness in the crunchy mix.


Football Party Snack Mix
1 cup Seahawks M&M's!  Yep, these candies are printed with the Seahawks logo!  Just the colors we're looking for, too.


Football Party Snack Mix
Mix all ingredients together in a very big container or extra large mixing bowl.

Football Party Snack Mix
Melt 1 package of white candy coating in the microwave for 1 minute intervals, stirring often.  Pour over the mixed ingredients, mix well and let dry for a few minutes.

Football Party Snack Mix

That's it, enjoy...and Go HAWKS!


Seattle Seahawks Snack Mix
Ingredients: 
 

6 cups Popped popcorn
2 cups Football shaped pretzels affiliate link
(could use pretzel twists)
2 cups Blue tortilla chips
2 cups Mini Marshmallows
2 cups Baldwin Smacks Cereal (could use Honey Smacks)
1 cup Seahawks M&M's (could use any M&M's)
White Candy Coating (I use this brand.)
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Mix all ingredients together.
Melt White Candy Coating in microwave for 1 minute intervals, until smooth.  Stir between intervals.
Pour melted candy over mixed ingredients. Mix well. Let dry for a few minutes. Enjoy!


*Feel free to add more or less of any ingredient to fit your liking and your crowd.






Here's some more football food ideas:
Throw a Punny Football Party
Throw a Punny Football Party

Brownie Dessert Bar for the Football Fan
Make your own Brownie Dessert Bar.

Fall Snack Mixes
sweet + savory homemade snack mix I howsweeteats.com
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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Calling all Seattle Seahawks fans.
#12's--where are you?
It's time for some Seattle Seahawks love.
Yes, they lost their game on Sunday and they're not looking too good this week, but don't let that get you down.  We still have many games left, which means many parties to host!
...and speaking of hosting.
Watching a football game is a great excuse to invite friends over and have a casual TV watching event. Take a look at this easy Brownie Dessert Bar we had with our friends while watching the Hawks.



Make your own Brownie Dessert Bar.

It doesn't take an all-star line up to score big with this Brownie Bar. Take a look at how smooth and simple, this 'win' comes together with a few ingredients, a pan of brownies and some key 'rules of the game'.
Make your own Brownie Dessert Bar.
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Rule #1 Read the signs!
Good signage and labels is a must for any party...it totally elevates the event.  Do you have one of these light boxes?
(aff.link)  They sure make a statement and they're so easy to set up--just change out the letters!
Brownie Sundae Bar with caramel and chocolate.
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Rule #2  Hold a strong line!

'Line' up your supplies in an area easily accessible for guests to help themselves.  2 Little Dippers Crockpots may be small in size, but offer a big punch.  1 pot is filled with caramel (I used this kind.) and 1 pot is filled with chocolate. I used these chalkboard tags tied around the crockpots to label what's inside.

Make your own Brownie Dessert Bar for your next game.
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Rule #3  Set up some great plays!
Mini marshmallows, crushed graham crackers, chopped nuts and M&M's make some great toppings 'plays'!  I used plastic football dishes found at the Dollar Tree and mini footballs to add to the theme.  Chalkboard stands label each topping and did you see these M&M's?  They're Seahawks printed M&M's!  I found these at our local grocery store.


Host a Brownie Bar.  Start with ice cream and a brownie.


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OK, you know the rules--now it's time to run that ball!
Place 1 scoop of ice cream and 1 warm brownie in each football dish.  I've tried many homemade brownie recipes before, but the whole family really prefers this boxed kind the best.  I do, too.  It's fast, easy and always tastes amazing!
Host a brownie bar where the guests can serve themselves.

Each guest chooses what toppings to add to their dish.
Choose a drizzle of caramel or chocolate or both.
Choose a sprinkle of nuts, marshmallows, graham crackers and M&M's.  Whatever 'play' works best.
Host a brownie bar where the guests can serve themselves.


And that is what you call a Touchdown!  Score!



Of course, this doesn't HAVE to be a Seahawks party...this doesn't even have to be a football party.
Make a brownie bar for whatever team you root for.
GO HAWKS!



Seahawks Brownie Dessert Party Decor


 
Other posts you might like:

Seahawks Party Snack Mix
Football Party Snack Mix

Throw a Punny Football Party
Throw a Punny Football Party!

Make Your Own Apple Slice Dipping Bar
Assemble an Apple Slice Dipping Bar!

Easy Crockpot Meatballs to Die For!Easy, delicious Pineapple Crockpot Meatballs


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Wednesday, November 1, 2017



Black and Orange Halloween Party decorating ideas

Can you believe I have never hosted a Halloween party? 
There are over 75 party posts on my blog,
but not one of those is a Halloween party...until now--and boy, did I have fun!(Click here to see my A to Z party list.)  


Black and Orange Halloween Party decorating ideas

My birthday is a few days before Halloween, so I'm not usually hosting a party for myself.  This year my (out-of-town) folks were in-town watching my brother's kids, so they all came over to celebrate.  It was the perfect occasion to turn my birthday into a Halloween party!  My mother was not impressed. She walked in with a bag of pink princess party stuff to celebrate...including a pin the tiara on Cinderella poster game.  Ooops!
The kids and teens were more than excited to have a spider theme, instead of a Cinderella theme.  No one was interested in pinning 'anything' on a princess. I told my mom I will give her a princess party for her birthday, but she wasn't excited about that idea.  Sorry, mom. It was a great party, though.


Black and Orange Halloween Party decorating ideas

A few webs around the room, some orange lights and a big spider, set the theme of the party.  The dangling legs of this spider were so fun.
Black and Orange Halloween Party decorating ideas

For the centerpiece, I used lots of orange and black sparkly ball fillers, a large pom spider and a white felt web that were all found at the Dollar Tree. Black cake stands and ribbon were found at Michaels.  Old web table runner is from Target.
Black and Orange Halloween Party decorating ideas

Each place setting had a plastic black charger with an unfolded napkin underneath a glass plate.  I love the print of these napkins. (I found these at my local grocery store.)
Tiny pumpkins sat on top of each plate with a plastic spider ring over the stem.
Black and Orange Halloween Party decorating ideas

Plastic fangs held the name cards.
Orange Fanta and Sprite combined is the orange drink.  Paper straws sat in the glasses. Bat necklace favors were at each spot as well. 

Make your own Bat Party favors




Black and Orange Halloween Party decorating ideas

Lots of various toy spiders and bats covered the table, including these spiders made out of condiment cups.
Sweet Spider Favors

Click here to make your own spider treats.


Black and Orange Halloween Party decorating ideas
Black and Orange Halloween Party decorating ideas

At one point in the meal, my mom got up and shrieked when a felt spider fell on her!  Oops! Sorry mom! (I seem to be apologizing a lot for this party?)
In the dark, it was a bit creepy--even for me! (Affiliate link) Flying bats on the white wall added to the fun.

Black and Orange Halloween Party decorating ideas


Besides our meal of jack-o-lantern shaped pizzas and green salad, we had a few clever snacks and birthday cake.

Black and Orange Halloween Party decorating ideas


Spider and Bat Themed Halloween Party

My mom wouldn't even touch these cookies!
To create your own Black Widow Spider Cookies, click here.


Black and Orange Halloween Party decorating ideas

Dad and MOM did try out the plastic fangs!  I wasn't sure if she'd actually touch them?! The kids had to help her figure them out, since she initially put them in her mouth backwards and said they didn't fit her!


Black and Orange Halloween Party decorating ideas

And of course we had a photo booth.  It doesn't take much.
1 black silky sheet hung on the wall.
1 black blow up spider
A few Halloween photo booth props.

Halloween Simple Photo Booth
Halloween Simple Photo BoothHalloween Simple Photo Booth


Planning your own Spider Party?
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