My family loves sports! Our favorites are football, basketball, volleyball and baseball/softball. But really, we just love being active and participating in athletic and competitive activities. We don't just love to participate, though. We love to watch all kinds of sports. Personally, fall football season is one of my favorites. And with football comes some great food and fun! On Sundays at our house, we try to watch a number of games and have some fun on our last day of the weekend. Every once in a while I try to make it a little extra fun for my family with some game-day food and crafts. The kids love it! And my husband loves all the wonderful snacks and appetizers he gets to choose from!
First, the yummy food! No game day is complete without some pizza! The kiddos and I simply made our pizza like we normally would with our favorite toppings and sprinkled on some Pizzeria Seasoning for extra flavor. We arranged pepperonis on top in the shape of a football and used sliced mozzarella cheese to make the stitches. It's fun for the kids and suits the theme.
My husband is a meat lover so of course we had to have some! I have heard so many times that our Chicken Bacon Bites made with Pomegranate Chipotle Sauce are delicious so I decided to give them a try. Boy, were they good. We gobbled them up! Check out the recipe. I substituted turkey bacon for the regular bacon just to lighten them up a little.
I was craving some sort of potato dish so I created these delicious Garlic & Parmesan Potato Wedges. I made them with both regular potatoes and sweet potatoes. They were all delicious and scored big points with the family. My kiddos liked to dip them in some ranch, but I enjoyed them plain. Check out the recipe >
What's game day without some chips and dip? My husband loves queso dips so I searched Tastefully Simple's website and came across this recipe for Corn, Black Bean Con Queso. It's super simple and super delicious. Check out the recipe >
Of course we needed some sweet treats! Our Fudgy Peanut Butter Popcorn and Cinnamon Roll Caramel Corn just became available and we are raving fans. The kids and I used this cone template (PDF) to cut cones out of brown cardstock paper and then drew football stitches on with our white chalk permanent marker. Everyone had their own serving of popcorn. Yum!
Truffle Fudge Brownies are always a favorite in my house so I decided to whip up a batch and bake them in muffin tins instead of a baking pan. After they cooled, I piped some white stitches on them to make them look like footballs. This was my daughter's favorite part of the whole game day. DELICIOUS!
On to the crafts! My kids and I like to do lots of projects together. Game day is perfect for this! We recently put together football-themed paper chains. They're super easy and the kids can pretty much do it themselves (unless they need help from mom with the scissors). I put together a couple templates for you to make it even easier. One version I recommend putting on green paper. It's supposed to resemble the field with yard markers and such. The other is meant to resemble a football and I recommend using brown paper. You can see in the photo below, the kiddos and I alternated the field chain links with the football chain links for a super cute decoration for our table! We used a white chalk permanent marker to make the yard lines and stitches on the football. It worked great!
To add more paper craft fun, we created a paper pendant chain. This would be fun to do in your favorite team's colors. This time we just used green and used our letter templates to write "Go Team." The kids have all kinds of plans for making pendant chains in the future - Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc.
To round out our craftiness, we created "penalty flags" using yellow paper napkins. Simply unfold them, add a few mints or candies to them for the weight, gather them and tie with a piece of string. Super cute and super easy!
Once we put it all together, we ended up with a fun day full of family, food and sports. Life doesn't get any better than that!