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Big Game Party: Free Printable Banners & Football Food Picks {+ Cheeseburger Turnovers Tutorial}

The biggest football day of the year is coming up this weekend – are you ready?! If you’re hosting a football viewing party yourself, I’ve got a few fun goodies to share with you today… starting with these free printable SEATTLE and NEW ENGLAND banners.

Just click on the images below to download each banner… your choice if you want to hang them both or are especially partial to just one. ;)

Big Game Party: Free Printable Banners & Football Food Picks {+ Cheeseburger Turnovers Tutorial}

Big Game Party: Free Printable Banners & Football Food Picks {+ Cheeseburger Turnovers Tutorial}

To make each of the banners, simply print the PDF and cut out the panels. I like to use a paper cutter to keep the edges extra straight, but you can also just use scissors.

You’ll need a hole punch of hot glue gun to attach the banner panels to your twine or string of choice. I usually use a small hole punch so that it’s easy to slide and adjust the panels along the twine:

Big Game Party: Free Printable Banners & Football Food Picks {+ Cheeseburger Turnovers Tutorial}

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Farm Party Tutorial: DIY Painted Barn Doors

I made these DIY Painted Barn Doors for a Farm First Birthday Party project last year, and as far as easy-yet-high-impact projects go, this one has quickly became a new favorite! The doors are made from stretched artist canvases, which come in lots of different sizes and are readily available in most craft and art supply stores. They also go on sale quite often (at the store near me at least), which is always an added bonus! ;)

For this party, 9×12” canvases were used for the barn doors displayed on the dessert table, and the 11×14″ size was used to embellish the kid-friendly drink station. Here’s a closer look at the process:

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YOU’LL NEED:

– 2 Stretched Artist Canvases (of equal size)
– Painter’s Tape or Washi Tape
– Red Spray Paint
– Large trash bag or tarp for spray painting area

INSTRUCTIONS:

Start by taping a giant X onto the front of your canvas. (I didn’t have the right width of painter’s tape on hand, so I used washi tape instead… it worked like a charm!)

Farm Party Tutorial: DIY Painted Barn Doors

Next, tape off all 4 sides of the canvas, including the edges, like so:

Farm Party Tutorial: DIY Painted Barn Doors

The final taped off canvas should look like this:

Farm Party Tutorial: DIY Painted Barn Doors

Now you’re ready to paint this puppy! Lay a tarp or garbage bag down to protect the surface you’re painting on, then go for it…

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Chic & Delicious 50th Birthday Cooking Dinner Party

I always love a fun party that’s intertwined with a great activity for the guests, and this gorgeous 50th Birthday Cooking Party is the perfect example! Beautifully styled by Amy of Amy Nichols Special Events, Karyn’s milestone birthday celebration took place at the famous San Francisco Tante Marie cooking school. Party guests were treated to cooking lessons, drinks, delicious food and – from the looks of the pictures – lots of laughter & good times all around. Sounds like the perfect way to ring in the next chapter to me! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for: 

– Stunning florals arranged in kitchen colanders and displayed on stacks of vintage cookbooks
– Personalized aprons for each guests, tied up with a gold satin bow & gold foil stamped gift tag
– Black & white polka dot place cards that perfectly matched the guest of honor’s dress!
– Lots of incredible looking dishes being prepared & enjoyed by the party guests

Chic & Delicious 50th Birthday Cooking Dinner Party

Chic & Delicious 50th Birthday Cooking Dinner Party

Chic & Delicious 50th Birthday Cooking Dinner Party

Chic & Delicious 50th Birthday Cooking Dinner Party

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Sweet & Savory Coca Cola Pulled Pork Sliders

I’ve got another super tasty game day recipe to share with you today… and this one is SO easy, which in my book is actually nothing to complain about. ;)

You will need a Crock-Pot or slow cooker, and if you really want to be ahead of the game (pun intended) you can make the Coca-Cola BBQ Sauce in advance. Pulled pork is always a crowd-pleaser, and I actually love to just keep the cooked meat warming on low during our football watching parties, then set the rest of the slider ingredients next to the meat, and let guests assemble to their liking throughout the game.

This is recipe #3 of the 6 I’ll be sharing in conjunction with Coca-Cola’s Home Bowl campaign… and while I’ve got you here, just wanted to send a quick reminder that the $350 #HomeBowlHero Contest ends TONIGHT!

I’ll be picking THREE winners just from the entries on my blog alone, so be sure to throw your name in the hat because you could be one of them! Each winner will receive a $250 Visa Gift Card + $100 worth of game day party supplies. Find full contest details and entry rules right here.

And now, onto the recipe…

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I’m such a huge fan of anything remotely peanut-buttery – which is why I’ve happily welcomed the distinct spike in PB&J sandwiches that my own diet has experienced since having kids. Funny how that stuff works. ;) When I’m looking for a more grown-up style dish though, peanut sauce pretty much always hits the spot, […]

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If you haven’t made Coca-Cola® BBQ Sauce before, there’s no time like the present – because it’s a fantastic way to flavor up your game day menu! Plus, if you buy your Coca-Cola in the classic bottle form, you can turn the empty bottles into a fun & clever way to serve your finished sauce! […]

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