Football Party With A Baked Potato Bar

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Football season is one of my favorite times of year and it’s a great excuse to get together with friends and family. This year I wanted to plan a party with a baked potato bar because I love party foods that let me enjoy the company and the football game instead of being stuck in the kitchen for hours. Along with the baked potato bar I’m sharing three of my favorite loaded baked potato recipes and information about Nexium® 24HR which provides all-day, all-night protection from frequent heartburn so I can enjoy my favorite baked potato toppings (even the spicy ones!) all season long. Of course, my love of themed parties means I have to share all the party decorating details and three easy, but delicious, dessert ideas!

DECOR

Walmart has a plethora of football tableware and decorations and I chose to do some quick DIY projects as well. I made a colorful banner that says “Go Team” using some green paper and letter cutouts which I hung from string using cute little clothespins.

Silverware holders can be created out of mason jars with a piece of ribbon wrapped around the top and football shaped confetti at the bottom of the jar. I also made labels for all of the bowls on the table from little wood place settings by adding a football sticker and writing the names of the food on them. BAKED POTATO BAR

I love a good baked potato with the typical butter, cheese, sour cream and bacon toppings but there are so many other delicious toppings out there, too. I set out a variety of choices that would appeal to a number of diets, from vegetarian to meat lovers.

I also included options for every palate- from mild to spicy. I bought condiment bottles so I could offer a variety of sauces including hot sauce, barbecue sauce, ranch dressing and buffalo sauce.



Speaking of spicy…do you avoid spicy foods because they give you heartburn? I used to avoid a number of heartburn inducing foods, knowing that as soon as I laid down I’d be regretting my dinner choices, but now I don’t have to anymore! Just one pill a day and you can get all-day, all-night protection from frequent heartburn with Nexium® 24HR* (*Use as directed. *May take 1-4 days for full effect.)

So now that you aren’t worried about heartburn, I wanted to share three of my favorite baked potato topping combos.

Buffalo Chicken Baked Potato Ingredients:

  • Baked Potato
  • Chicken
  • Buffalo Sauce
  • Blue Cheese Dressing
  • Blue Cheese

Mix your chicken and buffalo sauce together. The more sauce you use the wetter and tangier the potato will be. Once done, cut your potato open and add in the chicken and blue cheese then drizzle with more buffalo sauce and blue cheese dressing.

BBQ Pork Baked Potato Ingredients

  • Baked Potato
  • BBQ Pulled Pork
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • BBQ Sauce
  • Fried Onions

This baked potato is really easy to make! Slice the baked potato and then put the pulled pork inside. Sprinkle cheese on top and fried onions and then drizzle barbecue sauce on top of your baked potato.

Chili & Cheese Baked Potato Ingredients:

  • Baked Potato
  • Chili
  • Shredded Cheese (or Cheese Sauce)
  • Corn Chips
  • Green Onions
  • Sour Cream

If your fall go-to meal is chili you’ll love this chili topped baked potato. Just add your favorite chili and top it with shredded cheese, green onions, sour cream and corn chips.

SNACKS, DESSERTS & DRINKS

No party is complete without appetizers and desserts! I found cute popcorn containers that had a football design and put popcorn, corn chips and tortilla chips in them. I also used a football serving dish for the dips and set out salsa, cheese sauce and guacamole.

For dessert I made a few different treats with store bought bakery items. To keep with the football theme I used a football shaped cookie cutter to cut football shapes out of brownies and then I used white icing to draw “laces” on them.

I used the excess brownie pieces to make trifles by layering brownies, chocolate pudding and whipped cream in cups and then topping them with green hard candy sprinkles. Since my kids love cupcakes I got some of those and put them in football cupcake wrappers and added brown and green chocolate candies to the top of them.

To drink I offered two options- water and root beer. I tied a festive straw on to the bottles with football themed ribbon.

So now that you are prepared for a football party with decorations and food, don’t forget to take Nexium® 24HR daily for all-day, all-night protection from frequent heartburn so you can enjoy the party and all the football fun!

Nexium® 24HR is the #1 Choice of Doctors and Pharmacists* for their own frequent heartburn. (*Among PCPs and Pharmacists who use a branded OTC PPI) You can find 42 count packages of tablets or capsules at your local Walmart store by the other over the counter medications. Each box has 3 smaller bottles inside with 14 days worth of capsules/tablets.

What foods would you serve at your football party? Whatever you choose, don’t get sidelined by frequent heartburn! Make sure to get ready for tailgreatness and take your Nexium® 24HR daily to ensure you can enjoy all of your favorite party foods.

*May take 1 to 4 days for full effect. Use as directed.

Memorial Day Party Ideas

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This coming Monday is Memorial Day. It’s both a day to remember those who gave their lives in service for our country and the unofficial start of Summer for many. I couldn’t be more excited to start my favorite season and it’s definitely a reason to celebrate with those we love.

Normally I have advance notice when people are coming over but have you ever decided to host something at the last minute or had your inlaws call and let you know they were on their way over? If you have ever been in this situation you know how stressful it can be so I wanted to share my simple tips for preparing a table that looks like you planned for company. A table, like the one above, can be completely ready and setup within an hour if you use what you have on hand.

First, try to find some festive decor. Since Memorial Day is celebrated with red, white and blue you can easily pull out your 4th of July decorations and nobody will know the difference. I keep baskets on the top shelf of my kitchen pantry for the major holidays and tend to buy tableware on clearance after the holiday has passed. This helps me save money and be prepared for company. I love this star tablecloth and these little flag bowls. Think outside the box as well…do you have something around your house that works for the holiday or theme? I used these child flag pinwheels to add a pop of fun to the table!

Next, don’t worry about fixing a meal. I enjoy having people over for holidays but don’t like to cook so I usually do an appetizer spread. It is easy and can fill people up just like a meal would. It also gives you the chance to spend time with your family and friends since you don’t have to be sitting in the kitchen cooking.

The best appetizer tables are those that are kept simple. For Winter holidays I set out more appetizers that need to be cooked or prepared but for Spring and Summer anything that keeps the stove off is best. I love to set out fresh fruit, including watermelon which is a summer staple. Look in your pantry or fridge to see what other snacks you have and set them out in festive cups for your guests. Things like pretzels, pickles, chips, cheese and crackers work perfect.

I always try to have something sweet out as well. I found these adorable mini cake bites at Walmart but some sliced pound cake would also work and would pair well with the sliced strawberries.

A vegetable tray with lots of healthy veggies and a great dip is something my mom always set out for parties and a tradition I continue. My rule for the vegetable platter is to only include veggies my family enjoys so if there are any leftover I know they will get eaten with lunches and dinners. A good dip is always a nice addition to the veggie tray and I recently discovered these new Chobani Mezé™ Dips that are delicious.

These dips combine delicious Chobani Greek Yogurt and real vegetables and are made with only natural and non-GMO ingredients. Found in the deli section of Walmart, they come in four flavors- Roasted Red Pepper (a sweet and slightly hot, mix of roasted peppers), Three Pepper Salsa (a light blend of green peppers, chili peppers & jalapeno peppers with herbs), Smoked Onion Parmesan (a rich mix that combines bold onion flavor with nutty parmesan) and Chili Lime (a tangy blend of lime and light spice, with ranch-style herbs).

As someone who loves cheese it’s no surprise that my favorite flavor was the Smoked Onion Parmesan. Sinisa liked the kick of the Chili Lime flavor.

Another fun way to add a little something special is to find a cookie cutter that works with the holiday you are celebrating and add some shapes to your fruits and vegetables. This is a quick way to make things look “fancy” when you have limited time. I thought stars would be perfect for Memorial Day so I grabbed some star cookie cutters and cut out some stars in the strawberries, cucumbers and cheese.

It was so simple to do. For the cucumbers I just sliced them into round circles and cut a star out of the center where the seeds are. I served the cute star cucumbers and kept the seed stars to put on my salads for the week. I created the stars in the strawberries the same way. The cheese I used a large star cookie cutter and then cut a smaller star out of the middle which left me with two types of stars, an outline star and then a mini-star. I also decided to cut out a few stars from my red pepper to set on top of the dip for decoration. This is so easy but your guests will think you spent hours in the kitchen!

I’d love to hear what your family does on Memorial Day and I hope that my post gave you some ideas of simple ways to set a party table for those last minute guests. If you want to recreate our tablespread you can find all the delicious food you need at Walmart, including the amazing Chobani Mezé Dips  (we got our’s at the Hodgkins, IL location in the deli area)! Your guests won’t be able to stop talking about these savory dips and they won’t even realize that you’re serving them a nutritious option. Click here for a $1 off coupon.

Throwing A Game Time Party For Less Than $5 Per Person

Collective Bias recently challenged me to throw a game time party on a budget. I had a great time putting this together. I knew I wanted to have the party during a Bears game because they are my favorite football team.

I had football plates and napkins that I knew would be perfect for this so I was set on tableware. All I needed was the food so I headed to Walmart. I bought snacks like Chex Mix, Doritos, chips and salsa, and my very favorite fudge covered popcorn. I bought soda for everyone to drink. For lunch I decided to buy pizza. I chose DiGiorno Rising Crust pizza. I bought two to feed our group, one pepperoni and one cheese. I really liked the pizza and loved how DiGiorno didn’t skimp on the cheese or pepperoni. I also thought it was great that the DiGiorno box directed me to their website where it gave me the directions for cooking two pizzas at once so I didn’t have to guess and risk burning one (or both!) pizzas.

All together I spent less than $5 per person on food. Considering this was the price for drinks, snacks, and a meal I think that was a great deal. I think knowing that I can have celebrations with food involved and it not cost an arm and a leg will push me to have more gatherings in the future.

To read more about my party (and see more pictures) you can view my whrrl here.

(Disclosure: I was compensated for this post by Collective Bias but all thoughts and opinions are my own.)

Top Ten Tuesday: Birthday Party Pictures

Our family

Lucas and his GeGe

Maddie (Luke's cousin)

Jacob and Claire eating cake

Lucas and Nana

The boys with Daddy, Auntie, and Grandma

Lucas walking

Lucas with his Great Aunt

Lucas and my friend, Audrey

Luke's Aunt Morgan and Uncle Brock

This post is linked up to Oh Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday Meme

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Here are some fun pictures from my nephew’s third birthday party this past weekend:

The Birthday Boy

The Birthday Boy's Sister (Maddie)

Jacob

Lucas

Camden And His Cousins In Their Matching Shirts... Love It!!