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Halftime Snacks | Party Food

If you are throwing a sports themed party (like I did recently – here), you may be wondering how to incorporate all those salty, sporty snacks into your event. I decided to do a play on the oh-so popular sweet dessert tables. We swapped out most of the sweet goodies for sporty favorites like sunflower seeds and Cracker Jacks.

These “Halftime Snacks” were a huge hit. I often found guests scooping up their favorites into individual bags and even huddling (get it) around the table grabbing handfuls of these salty treats.

The “Halftime Snacks” sign was adapted from a free printable from Hostess with the Mostess. See the DIY originals here.

Classic sport favorites like Big League Chew and Slim Jims fit into this sports theme perfectly.

This savory (and a little sweet) dessert table included: Sunflower seeds, peanuts, pretzels, Corn Nuts, Slim Jims, Cracker Jacks, Big League Chew, Hot Tamales and Boston Baked Beans.

Overall, we think we hit a home run with this table. What do you think? Did we leave something out?

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Get Your Hot Dogs!

Hot dogs (3 ways) were served at the recent sport themed party I hosted. Playing off the regional hot dogs found at ballparks across the country, I chose three that I felt guests would enjoy the most.

First, I decided that rather than having someone man the grill the entire party — I would just use a hot dog roller to keep the dogs cooked and warm as guests needed them.

Then, I created the table of condiments.

Along with the world famous Cubby Dog (Chicago style hot dog), there was:

  • a spicy Cowboy Dog: Texas Chili, cheese, onions, and jalapenos
  • a good ole’ fashioned Dodger Dog: Ketchup, Mustard, Relish

Placed on the table were signs (like the one above) that outlined for guests what to pile on each dog.

These DIY signs were adapted from the free printables over at HWTM.

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Superbowl Party Ideas

I love any excuse to gather some close friends and host a little shin-dig. Hence my current excitement for this year’s Superbowl. Since the results of playoffs are in, I am now able to brainstorm some Superbowl party ideas. Here is what I have so far:

Festive plates and cups to represent both teams. Set out equal amounts of Colts party supplies and Saints party supplies and let your guests choose who to root for. Use chalkboards throughout the party space. Use them to label your food table, identify drinks, point guests toward the restroom…get creative! This centerpiece from InStyle Parties will be a perfect addition, I plan to replicate this in some fashion for my party.

I have not yet finalized my Superbowl menu, but I know that these jalapeno-bacon thingies are making the cut! In fact, I can tell you several or PW’s recipes will be selected. A variety of beers will be supplies and perhaps even a beergarita or two for the ladies. Team colored Jones Soda will be a hit with the younger attendees as will these fun referee cupcakes. We will just have to make sure they play with those whistles outside :).

Need more? Here are 8 additional Superbowl Party Ideas.

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Party Theme Sandwiches?

Did you know that today is National Sandwich Day? In the spirit of the beloved sandwich, I thought it would be a perfect time to suggest serving sandwiches at your next party. Sandwiches are the perfect party food: Easy to make, inexpensive, easy to serve and eat, and kids LOVE them!

What about serving sandwiches to compliment your party theme? Here are two adorable animal themed sandwiches:

I love this cute giraffe sandwich!

I can just see this cute monkey sandwich being served at a monkey themed party, can’t you?

Next time you are trying to decide on what type of party food to serve…pause and consider the sandwich!

{images via Listicles}

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Jicama and Watermelon Salad


What you’ll need:

1/2 cup fresh orange juice, plus 1 teaspoon zest
1/4 cup fresh lime juice, plus 1 teaspoon zest
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
Kosher salt
1 jicama, cut into matchstick pieces
4 cups watermelon in 2-inch chunks
1/3 cup roughly torn fresh mint leaves

What to do:

Whisk together juices, honey, pepper and salt in a large bowl. Add the jicama, watermelon and mint and toss to coat.

{recipe and photo via foodnetwork.com and Bobby Flay}

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Snack Food: Spicy and Sweet

Perfect snack for family night or a big get-together!

Spicy and Sweet Popcorn

{courtesy of Martha Stewart}

Ingredients
1 1/2 teaspoons granulated brown sugar (or light-brown sugar, sifted) 3/4 teaspoon coarse salt
1 teaspoon garam masala
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 cup popcorn kernels

Directions
Combine sugar, salt, garam masala, and cayenne in a large serving bowl.
Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking. Add popcorn, and cover. Cook, shaking pot frequently, until corn has finished popping. Add to bowl, and toss.

Makes 12 cups; serves 4 to 6
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