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It is football season, and while I don’t understand every call of the game, I do understand football food, which is more important anyway right? And because we only have soccer players (so far) in my family, this is my excuse to make football shaped desserts!
I love surprising my guests with a fun themed tablescape. It turns your average football watching party potluck up a notch to a fun family party! For under $20, I was able to pick up the fake grass, spray paint, wood for the stadium cake pop holder, and dowels for the field goal.
These items were easy to put together, made a great tablescape, and can be used over and over again. The decorations combined with some delicious nibbles from Sam’s Club, homemade treats, and a hot chili bar, and ice cold Cokes made for a belly filled fun night! Speaking of Sam’s Club, have you ever been there? Holy selection! It was my first time and I literally spent 2 hours going through every isle! Needless to say I stocked up on all of my bulk baking supplies! I also love how they have different size selections! The coke packages for example. The come in multiple quantities, but I figured the 28 Pack was perfect for sharing. What is even better is that you can do your shopping online (in your pjs) the go to the store to pick it up!
I had been asking my husband to make a cake/cookie pop holder for quite sometime. Once I got the materials together, it took him less than 30 minutes to make and paint two.
To make 1 cookie pop holder yourself, you will need:
- (6) 3-4” wide wood strips
- ⅞” Wood Dowel
- small nails
- white spray paint
- wood cutting tool ( jigsaw, handsaw )
- ruler or measuring tape
To start, cut the wood strips 18″ long. Using the ruler, mark the wood every two inches. Do this with 2 more strips. Fit your drill with a bit the same size as a standard cake pop stick. Drill holes 1/2 deep, in the spots marked. Next, take 2 pieces of wood and arrange them in an “L”, This will give you the basic shape of a step. Nail or glue the edges together, then add on next step. Next, stand your stand up and measure the height. Cut dowel to that height and nail in the center of the stand to give it support. Finally, Paint the stand your desired color!
We were so excited about our new cake pop stand that we decided to turn our cookies into pops! Don’t they look cute? We can’t wait to make some cake pops too!
When my assistant (my 8 year old daughter) and I were discussing decorations, she came up with the idea to make cheerleader cupcakes. We used tissue paper, tape, and small sticks to make the pom poms.
For the actual cupcakes, we used our favorite Coke Cupcake Recipe. The added coke enhances the chocolate flavor and creates a light, fluffy, and moist chocolate cake. We also used this recipe to make the football cake.
For the actual food portion of the party, we made our crowd pleasing chili. It is so easy to make in the morning and slowly cooks in the crock-pot. We served Bar Style, allowing guests to pick and choose their chili accoutrements.
All in all we think that the At-Home Tailgating party was a success. And I have to say, it is so much more comfortable to tailgate at home rather than a parking lot!