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Coca Cola Cupcakes with Thirsty Game Day Toppers

Have you ever made Coca-Cola® cupcakes before? This was the first time for me, and I was VERY pleasantly surprised at how they turned out! Not that I didn’t expect them to be good, but they were seriously incredibly moist and kind of that perfect level of sweet. This is the kind of chocolate cake that would pair well with so many different frostings… but it’s even good by itself! And I’m a huge fan of frosting, so that’s a pretty bold statement coming from me.

This is also the 5th and final game day inspired recipe we’ll be sharing for the Coca-Cola “Home Bowl” campaign, and even though we’ve been super happy with how all of the recipes tasted, I kinda think we may have saved the best for last with this one. Of course, as a certifiable sweet tooth, I might be a little biased to the dessert recipe too! ;)

Free Printables – for Game Day Cupcakes (or Drink Stations)

I also designed some “Thirsty for a WIN” printable flag toppers, which you can download for free right here (+ check out the DIY info below). I loved the play on the type of cupcakes they actually are, paired with the football-watching-party occasion!

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Game Day Menu: Mac and Cheese Bites with Cracker Crust

We’re getting REALLY close to the biggest football game of the year, so I’m excited to share another fun game day inspired recipe with you today!

These Baked Mac-and-Cheese Bites star one of our all-time favorite comfort foods, paired with a tasty cheddar-and-Ritz-cracker crust. You bake everything together in individual muffin cups for a fun little appetizer-style presentation.

Added bonus: we used store-bought mac-and-cheese to make this recipe a breeze, but of course you can also use your favorite homemade mac-n-cheese if you’re feeling extra ambitious. ;)

For some added game day spirit, I also topped the finished recipe with little football themed party picks, which were designed specifically with this weekend in mind! You can download the free printable for these flag toppers at the bottom of this post.

More Game Day Inspiration

This is the 4th recipe we’re sharing in conjunction with the current Coca-Cola “Home Bowl”, which is all about game day inspiration & prepping for football watching parties at home. The Home Bowl includes Coca-Cola® and Ritz® and can be found at retailers nationwide. It’s been fun coming up with creative ways to serve these two game day staples…  and stay tuned for a yummy DESSERT recipe coming next! But FIRST, it’s all about the mac-and-cheese, so here we go…

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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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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, […]

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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 […]

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