My name is Sharon Garofalow. Based in So Cal, I am the mom to two amazing little boys and married to the raddest man in all the land. This is where I share a collection of cool, created by me or curated from around the web. I focus on untraditional party themes, unfussy fashion and creative activities for your modern family. firstname.lastname@example.org
Can you believe Father’s Day is right around the corner? I’m always looking for a meaningful gift to give my husband and today I’ve partnered with Wilson Sporting Goods to share how you can create a crazy amazing custom football for the football fan in your life! My husband didn’t really become a football fan until a few years ago. I think it started because he became friends with a football player and wanted to support him. It lead to the rest of the family watching too (I say that word REAL loosely since I’m usually on Pinterest or reading a magazine at the same time…). Then the kids at school started talking sports and my oldest son became very interested in stats and the star players. This lead my family to creating fantasy football teams and following along with the season. I used Twitter to help me pick my team and while I still wouldn’t really call myself a “fan” it was a super fun activity to do with the family (I won btw…). Slowly but surely football spilled out of our living room and in to the street as my husband and sons started throwing around a football and pretended to play games. This year I knew exactly what I wanted to get my football fan husband. A custom football is an awesome gift idea! You’re going to LOVE it! PLUS I’m giving one away and sharing a special code to save you 35% on your own custom football! Scroll to the end of the post for that info!
Why are Super Bowl recipes so delicious?! You know you only go to Super Bowl parties for the food. Whether you are heading to a friend’s house or watching the big game at your own home, here are a bunch of great recipes for you to shovel in your face.
Are you all about football or do you mainly chat with your friends? My oldest son is super in to football right now so I know it will be fun to watch with him. He knows way more players than I do and can totally help me figure out what is going on. Plus he LOVES pop music so he geeks out at the half-time show! But I could just as easily stay home and fold laundry and watch Scandal. Is that unAmerican? What are your go-to Super Bowl recipes?
Ah, football. I don’t love it. But I do love a good tailgate party! Today I’m partnering with www.TailgateAtYourPlace.com to bring you awesome ideas so you can host your own football party from the best viewing location, your home! Plus there’s a giveaway! That makes you like football a little bit more, right?
Football snacks have a special place in my heart. Have you guys heard that there is a big game coming up? It is just weeks away. I’m not a big football fan, but there is something so exciting about the biggest game of the year. Ok, well maybe I’m not excited about the game, but I’m excited about the food. I love a good party. And every party has food. The best part is, a football party doesn’t need much fuss. Just yummy food, a little fanfare and good friends.Horseradish Cream Cheese Dried Beef Rolls are the perfect finger food to make (and take!) to your next tailgate party. They are salty and creamy and unexpected. Most people have never had these before but will LOVE them! It is the most delicious appetizer you’ve never heard of. And I don’t even like cream cheese. Or horseradish. True story.All you need is some cream cheese, horseradish and dried beef slices. Mix the first two ingredients…(and yes we’re ignoring the terrible photo editing of that picture…)Roll them up and cut in half for the perfect football party snack that you can eat with just your fingers. No forks needed. This is a recipe my mom makes every Christmas but I’ve learned that men LOVE these and a Super Bowl party just won’t be complete without this simple appetizer.
Our house is on the smaller side. We really just don’t have the space to invite a lot of people over for big shindigs so most of the time, my parties end up taking place somewhere other than my house. I’ve become really good at packing things up and hauling it with me all to ensure that it looks a certain way. Sure, you can consider me a bit of a control freak. I prefer to think of myself as a traveling hostess, on a mission to give people a good time in their own homes. I’ve tried many different ways of bringing food and supplies to and fro but we really need to look no further than Rubbermaid. Dare I say they’ve revolutionized the way I pack up my parties to go? They come in all kinds of sizes, are sturdy and these snap on lids are truly genius. You can find them in sets to cover all kinds of food and party decoration storage problems.
I was kind of stupidly excited over the Take Along size. This is the perfect serving dish size for small get togethers and I haven’t seen it in a storage container before! For some reason I get bent out of shape when you put food in a dish and it doesn’t reach the top of it…so odd, I know. I feel like it just wastes a ton of space, especially in terms of fridge real estate. These are perfection! And they have the slightest little flecks of sparkle to them. Men probably wouldn’t even pick up on it. But all the ladies are going to love it! You may not have thought to use storage containers in your entertaining before but I’m telling you, Rubbermaid is the only way to go. Here are my tips for putting together a football party that won’t stress you out.Beer and pretzels are a given. There is no need to make a ton of food. Choose ready made items that you know everyone likes to nibble on. Instead of flopping the bag on the table, take just a second and put them in one of your new storage containers. Pretzel rods fit perfectly! And the best part is, if you are like me and have to bring your stuff to another location, these containers will protect the pretzels and keep them from getting smashed in transit! When the party is over, snap on the lid and bring them back home. They can be stored right in your cupboard for late night snacking. Plus beer and football go together just like beer and pretzels. You can’t not serve these. Mix and serve an old favorite, onion dip, right in the same 2 cup Rubbermaid storage container. You don’t need to get crazy with decorations, but food labels are a great way to add flair and let the guests know what they are eating. This cheese ball recipe is also a great option and you definitely need to serve the best chip dip ever!As a way to add in some team colors to the food area, you can easily make these chip bags. I used a roll of kraft paper purchased from Lowe’s for under $10 (it’s a pretty big roll, I’ve used it for wrapping presents, creating table runners, craft projects with the kids…you will use it for ever!) and some washi tape. If you aren’t feeling particularly crafty, just grab a set of Take Alongs serving bowls!
Whether you are hosting the party at your house or somewhere else, these containers make it super easy to plan ahead with your prep work, put together a crowd pleasing spread and then easily store leftovers.And they aren’t just for food. They are the perfect way to transport decor items and other supplies to wherever your party is going to take place. There is an Easy Find Lid container that is approximately 9×13 that can fit larger signs, banners and food picks. And the small 1/2 cup containers are just the right size for confetti (and more of course)! And of course, beyond parties Rubbermaid containers can get your entire life organized! Make sure you are following them on social media for all their tips! (Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest). Football snacks for the win!