It's almost time for the big game so we put together 3 super easy DIYs and a recipe roundup so you can win at entertaining this weekend! Enjoy!
What you need:
Acrylic paint in black, white, and brown
Mason jars (we got ours at the Dollar Tree)
Green poster board
Cut triangles out of the green poster board and brown felt. We used a ruler to make the triangles *roughly* 4 inches. We cut the green poster board first and then used the triangles as a guide for the felt. We made 6 green triangles and 5 brown triangles to create a 4 foot garland.
Use a hole punch to punch holes in either side of the base of the poster board triangles. These will be used to string the garland. For the felt we used a sewing needle to create a small hole and then used scissors to make little slits.
Spray the green triangles with spray adhesive. Saturate the front of the triangle with the glue and sprinkle with green glitter until all of the triangle is covered. The spray adhesive made the triangles curl up but they straightened themselves out while drying.
Use white acrylic paint to paint "laces" on the brown felt triangles.
Once everything is dry use twine to string it all together. We twisted the twine on a pipe cleaner so it was easier to thread the different pieces. Leave 4-6 inches of twine on each side to leave room for hanging.
Football Mason Jars
Paint your base color on the jar with acrylic paint using a large paint brush. We chose to make 3 different jars: a referee inspired black and white vertical stripe, a football, and a playbook inspired pattern. So for our base colors we used white, brown, and black.
Once the first coat of paint is dry, use a small paint brush to add final details. For the referee jar we painted black stripes and added black "buttons," for the football jar we painted laces with white paint, and for the playbook jar we used white paint to make X's O's and arrows. We plan on using these jars to hold utensils on game day.
Easiest Table Runner Ever
What you need
Kraft paper/butcher paper
A black sharpie
Cut a piece of Kraft paper that runs the length of your table. Secure to edges of table with tape.
Draw football plays with a black sharpie. Google was our friend for this but we also have examples on our Pinterest page (IceCrmCstls)! That's it! It's so simple even our resident 3 year old helper got in on the fun. Optional: add custom football donuts by our friends at California Donuts.
This dip quickly became a fave and gets gobbled up every year!!
8 oz softened cream cheese (the brick kind)
2 cups shredded mozzarella (divided)
3/4 cup nonfat Greek yogurt (or sour cream)
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
1/2 to 3/4 cup Pizza sauce
Pepperoni (or your fave pizza toppings)
A baguette (or bread sticks, or pita, or pretzels, or pita chips)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl cream together cream cheese, yogurt, and 1 cup of mozzarella cheese. Season with Italian seasoning to taste.
Spread mixture evenly into a baking dish. Top with pizza sauce. Sprinkle the remaining mozzarella and parmesan cheese over the top of the sauce layer. Top with toppings. Bake for 20-25 minutes until cheese is bubbly and beginning to carmelize. Serve with toasted baguette slices, bread sticks, warm pita, or your favorite kind of pretzels/chips.
Super Easy Chicken Wings
Chicken wing pieces (or whole chicken wings if you're into that)
(You can add whatever your favorite spices are here but these are simple, classic, and yummy)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Pat chicken wings dry with paper towels to absorb excess moisture and help the skin crisp up. Coat chicken with spices. You can mix them together in a bowl or use a plastic baggie to toss the chicken and the spices. Place on a baking sheet skin side up. Bake for 45-55 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and the skin is crispy. You can eat them just like this or serve with hot sauce and blue cheese or ranch.
Best Brownies Ever
I've been making these since the 90's and they never disappoint because they are so rich and chewy!!
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 cup melted butter
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 inch baking dish. Mix together cocoa powder and sugar. Add melted butter and mix. Stir in eggs and vanilla. Add flour and salt and mix until smooth. Add to greased pan and bake for 45 minutes.
What are you crafting and cooking for the big game?
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