Homegating: Mocktails, Fazoli’s Snacks, Coupons & More!!

 

The Super Bowl is coming up and I don’t care if you are a Seahawks fan or Patriots fan, any football game is a great reason to get together with friends & family for fabulous food & fun!! It’s Homegating time baby!!  And in order to do up your homegating party right be sure to include these 3 steps:

1-Team colors are a must! Use table décor, foods, & drinks that are the same color as the teams.

2-Have fun with it! Use foods as serving dishes…I am such a sucker for food that doubles as a serving dish for more food! Haha! Melons, peppers, and bread are my go to foods for serving dips/sauces/other food.

3-Keep it simple! Don’t stress-out! There is nothing that kills a party faster than a crazy stressed-out host. Don’t over work yourself.  Repeat after me, “the frozen food section is your friend” visit your locale Wal-Mart’s frozen food section for some yummy Fazoli’s snacks to complete your snack table spread.

Team Colors….

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Mocktails are a fun way to show team colors and enjoy a flavorful drink.  It is fun to include the kiddos in Homegating parties when possible. (If you are having an adult only party feel free to add vodka or flavored vodka to your drink and make it a cocktail).

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So how did we get the colors to separate? The liquid with the highest sugar content goes on the bottom and ice is a must! We used Cran-Apple juice, Watermelon juice drink, and various flavors of Gatorade but you can hit up the juice and flavored drink isle to make any colors you wish.

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Foods as serving dishes…..

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Pepper Pot Dip Dishes

 

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Keep it simple….

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Lastly, here is  a video clip from our segment on WTOL in case you missed it…..…

 

 

Who will you be rooting for Sunday? Are you hosting a Super Bowl party? Have any suggestions for additional simple, go-to recipes that should be added to our Homegating menu?

 

Mad Men Premiere House Party!!

I am so excited; the package arrived today with all the goodies for our Mad Men Premier House party. I will not be divulging the contents of the box since I would like that to remain a surprise for our guest.

For those of you not familiar with Mad Men (where have you been??) here is a brief synopsis from good old Wikipedia.

Mad Men is set in the 1960s, initially at the fictional Sterling Cooper advertising agency on Madison Avenue in New York City, and later at the newly created firm Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. The focal point of the series is Don Draper (Jon Hamm), creative director at Sterling Cooper and a founding partner at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, and the people in his life, both in and out of the office. As such, it regularly depicts the changing moods and social mores of 1960s America.

There is something about Mad Men that is just so intriguing to me and I think it has to do with the furniture, the clothing, and the sets (oh, and the storyline, of course).  As an Interior Designer I always thought it would be absolutely amazing to be able to design a set such as the ones found on Mad Men.

We have asked our guest to dress in 1960s attire, in order to really channel the era. And I have been perusing the web in hopes of finding some inspiration with regard to the food, fashion, furniture (not really but a girl can dream), and 1960s entertaining that I can incorporate into our party.

When it comes to fashion…..

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This dress by Banana Republic only goes up to a size 4, so looks like I not be purchasing this dress.
Banana Republic Mad Men Spring collection
Mod Cloth has some really NEAT options

When it comes to Hors d’oeuvres  & cocktails…..

Instead of Camembert amandine, Camembert with Balsamic Red Peppers, this sounds like more of a crowd pleaser.

       http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/camembert-with-balsamic-bell-peppers/1cc3fcb1-ede4-4f67-bb53-ef736975a57d

Cucumber spread, crackers and toast rounds

http://www.food.com/recipe/ms-jenny-benedicts-famous-cucumber-spread-136071

 Dutch Cocktail Croquettes

http://www.lifestylefood.com.au/recipes/8545/bitterballen-dutch-cocktail-croquettes

Flaky Cheese Twists

http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/flaky-cheese-twists-recipe

Pink Squirrel

Pink Squirrel

INGREDIENTS ¾ oz crème de noyaux ¾ oz crème de cacao ½ oz vodka 1 oz fresh cream
INSTRUCTIONS Pour all over ice in mixing glass. Stir and serve in martini glass.

Old Fashioned

Old Fashioned

INGREDIENTS 2 dashes aromatic bitters ½ tsp sugar dissolved with water and bitters 1½ oz of bourbon 1 cherry 1 orange slice 1 lemon wedge
INSTRUCTIONS Fill glass with ice. Add cherry, orange slice, and lemon wedge. Pour in bourbon. Serve in a rocks glass over ice.

Grasshopper

Grasshopper

INGREDIENTS 1½ oz green crème de menthe 1½ oz white crème de cacao 1 oz cream

INSTRUCTIONS Shake over ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass, and garnish with a mint leaf.

Blue Hawaiian

Blue Hawaiian

INGREDIENTS 1 oz blue curaçao 1 oz light rum 1 oz cream of coconut 2 oz pineapple juice 1 cherry 1 slice of pineapple 1 cup of ice
INSTRUCTIONS Put all ingredients into blender. Blend. Pour into highball glass. Add a cherry and pineapple to garnish.

Source for all cocktails…http://www.amctv.com/shows/mad-men/cocktail-guide/blue-hawaiian

I am so excited and can’t wait for the Premier and the Party. I will be sure to update you on how the party goes, it should be fun.  In the meantime, if anyone knows of any additional websites or has any ideas regarding a 1960s party please share.