If you’ve known me for longer than about 7 seconds, you know that I’m more than a little football crazy, so as part of a sponsored post with #CollectiveBias on behalf of their client, I put together a super amazing vintage football party, just in time for the big game. It didn’t hurt that we just got a brand new TV that makes it look like you’re sitting on the sidelines while you’re watching football (NCAA football season come quickyl!). Call me what you will, I wanted people to come fawn over my new set. What better way to show off our crystal clear, 50, 240Hz, LCD screen than to invite people over for a football party with the promise of delicious food and thirst-quenching beverages?
So you guys know I’m not the most ambitious party planner, right? But I really wanted to wow my guests AND youse guys. I generally do that with my fantastic party food, but this time I decided to step into the realm of *drumroll* decor.
I knew one thing, and that one thing is that I wanted to use a shower curtain rod and crepe paper to hide the kitchen and to create a pretty backdrop for the food. I also wanted to completely rearrange my living room and kitchen in order to provide space for the 11 extra bodies that were going to be in our house that day. We live in a narrow three-story townhome, so we have lots of space, but not lots of common living space. It was going to be a tight squeeze.
At least the new Vizio M-Series TV is pretty!
Anyways, the party started drawing near and I still didn’t know what I was going to do, so I did what all underachievers do. I searched etsy for printables. Forget all that “do it yourself” stuff. Ain’t nobody with three kids, a workaholic husband, and a job got time fo’ dat, yo. I wanted to pay someone to design this stuff for me and email it on over so I could just print it off and get on with my life.
I ran across these gorgeous vintage printables by “Hello My Sweet”, and their entire Vintage Football party gave birth to MY own Vintage Football Party plan.
I was cheering for the Broncs, but I couldn’t find Orange streamers so we went with Pats colors, which turned out to be so vintage and all-American looking to me. I love the outcome.
The food was a cinch to come up with. I wanted easy food that everyone would love, and that wouldn’t take all day to make. I also wanted cupcakes that would put some hair on your chest. When I found the recipe for Sweet Cheddar Cupcakes with Beer Buttercream frosting, topped with cheddar cheese & bacon, I was sold like gold. These cupcakes were absolutely the hit of the party and I look forward to tackling a gluten-free version very soon.
Because I was a mouse in a past life, I had to have a ton of cheese at this party. Some left over chicken breasts gave birth to this Spicy Cheap Shop Chicken Dip.
I absolutely LOVE Jalapeno Poppers and my life isn’t complete without them. But since I don’t own a fryer and didn’t want to deal with grease fires on the day of the big game, I decided to broil some Jalapenos stuffed with cream cheese and a few other delightful ingredients. These might take you all of 14 minutes to make and they are SO good. You can control the heat of the jalapenos by boiling them (or not if you like really spicy food) before you stuff them with the cheese mixture and send them under the broiler.
I also made some gluten-, grain-, and dairy-free Pigs in a Blanket. They were served with High Fructose Corn Syrup-free ketchup, because back in vintage times High Fructose Corn Syrup didn’t exist.
I know sliders are super hot right now, but the thought of making little hamburger patties made me want to cry, so in honor of the old game of Pigskin, I threw a pork shoulder in my crock pot the day before the game and roasted it all day long. When it was done, we shredded it and tossed it with our favorite North Carolina BBQ sauce, then put it in the refrigerator to marinade all night long. We served them up on King’s Hawaiian Miniature Rolls. I can’t even begin to tell you how delicious these little things were.
To give the boring green table cloth a little personality, I added some legit football plays to it with my favorite blue Sharpie.
The Workaholic used to work at this place that had what they called a Potato Trail Mix. I LOVED that stuff and haven’t been able to recreate it since. The gist is that it’s a mixture of potatoes all tossed with fresh Parmesan and parsley. For the party, I baked some seasoned fries and some crispy fries and put them in easy-to-hold cups for my own little Game Day Trail mix.
We all had a fun time and had gobs and gobs of leftover food. In Raleigh, NC? I still have frozen cupcakes and frosting in my freezer. Please feel free to drop by to take them off of my hands. Plus, I didn’t kill myself cooking or slaving over decorations that I really didn’t have time for.
Pinterest party mamas are amazing. They really are. But don’t feel bad if you’re an underachiever like me where partying is involved. You can make it look like you slaved for hours over Photoshop too. From one underachiever to another. You’ve got this.