Cute Party Themes for Autumn Birthdays

Is someone in your family having a birthday this season? Autumn birthdays can sometimes be tricky, tucked into all the craziness of the back-to-school time and the holidays coming up so soon. Here are a few fall-inspired themes that you can use for your child’s next birthday party.

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American Western Theme

The fall just makes us want to stomp around in boots and flannel, so you can take this natural type of style and apply it to your party theme. An American Wild West them is fun for kids of all ages, letting them dress up in Stetsons and cowboy boots. Serve baked beans and hotdogs and teach the children a line dance or two for a folksy, fun hoedown. Decorate with corncobs and bales of hay (or just a few bits of hay here and there if you don’t want to go all out!)

Retro 1980s Party

Does the autumn make you feel nostalgic? Although to some of us the 1980s don’t seem all that long ago, to kids this time period might as well be science fiction. With its bright colours and fun pop music, it’s super child-friendly. You can get 80s fancy dress from Funidelia to look the part, or go DIY with slogan T-shirts and mesh gloves of your own. It’s a good idea for costume parties like this to offer a few extra accessories in case anyone misses out on the dress code. To complete the theme, play the top 40 hits from the decade and encourage guests to dance along. The décor should be as wild and neon as the decade.

Woodland Creatures

There’s perhaps no better time to have a wander in the woods than during the fall, when the leaves are changing colours and the air turns crisp. You can bring this same spirit into a woodland party theme. If you make it a costume party, encourage guests to dress like forest animals from bunnies to squirrels or foxes. For the decorations, you can transform your own backyard into a woodland setting with hidden gnomes, brown burlap decorations and fairy lights.

Baking Theme

Is your child old enough to try their hand at baking? This can be a great theme for the budding chef. Get a group of friends together to make seasonal treats like pumpkin spice cookies or apple cupcakes. Just be sure to choose something that they can make and decorate to fill plenty of time. Naturally, the children can then take home their creations at the end of the party.

Wizards and Magic

With Halloween ahead of us, a magic-themed party is a natural fit for September or October birthdays. You can get a jumpstart on your seasonal decoration with whimsical wizard costumes, colour-changing drinks, and black cat cupcakes. Play pin the broomstick on the witch, or use Harry Potter decorations to make your theme even more specific.

No matter what your child’s interests are, you can combine them with the natural magic of the fall season to create a memorable birthday party this year.

Tangy Dr Pepper® Chicken and Grill-gating Fun

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Tangy Dr Pepper Chicken and Grill-gating Fund

It’s that time of year again! Time to break out your favorite fan gear, whip up your favorite recipes, and get ready for fun-filled football Saturdays!  Every fall I enjoy sitting in front of the television with my husband on Saturdays and watching our favorite college football team (and any other college team who’s playing).   Whether we have a house full of people or it’s just our family at home, we always have a good time, and we always enjoy our share of delicious homegating and grill-gating food!  Today I’m going to share a recipe for grilled chicken.  It features a Tangy Dr Pepper® marinade, and can be used for your chicken fingers, boneless and bone-in wings, or any other meat of your choice! [Read more…]

Tailgating with Tony’s Pizza + Sausage & Cheese Pinwheels

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Football season is in full swing, and that includes high school football!  Even though it’s been “a few” years since I was in high school, I still enjoy rooting for the home team, and my husband played football in high school so he is always happy to watch anyone play.  Our son has also been in marching band, so we’ve enjoyed going to the football games to see him play, and while we’re there it’s a great chance to check out the game and enjoy ourselves.

One thing that’s changed since I was in school is the pre-game festivities.  Much like they do at colleges, people now tailgate, spirit parades, and other fun activities.

If you read this blog regularly, you know that I love homegating and serving food for football games.  For a high school game, I think it’s just as fun to serve up a few appetizers for family and friends to enjoy before attending the big game.

The other day we had a nice spread of food. I made a few appetizers, and our main dish was Tony’s pizza.  I purchased Tony’s® Pizzeria Style MEAT-TRIO® Pizza and Tony’s® Pizzeria Style Cheese Pizza.  Their pizzas feature 100% real mozzarella cheese and sauce made from real tomatoes, and their pizzas bake up in about 20 minutes, making them ideal for you tailgate or homegate parties!

 

You can find Tony’s pizza in the freezer section at Walmart.  Look for all their delicious varieties:

  • Tony’s® Pizzeria Style Pepperoni Pizza
  • Tony’s® Pizzeria Style Sausage & Pepperoni Pizza
  • Tony’s® Pizzeria Style Cheese Pizza
  • Tony’s® Pizzeria Style Supreme Pizza
  • Tony’s® Pizzeria Style MEAT-TRIO® Pizza

I like baking these pizzas as a main dish, and it’s also fun to slice the pizza into many smaller pizzas in order to serve “finger food” size portions.  Tony’s pizza is also very affordable, and because it’s so quick to make you can always stick extra pizzas in the oven if you have last minute or unexpected guests arrive.

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I also made a few appetizers to go with our pizza.  It was basically an entire table full of man food!

One of the appetizers I made to go with the pizza was a platter of Sausage & Cheese Pinwheels.  This is a very easy appetizer that you can make in under 20 minutes.  The bite-sized portions make it very easy to serve and eat at a tailgate.  And the hearty ingredients are real crowd pleasers.

Sausage & Cheese Pinwheels

Sausage & Cheese Pinwheels

Ingredients:

24 oz processed cheese

1 can diced tomatoes with chiles

1 pound ground sausage

flour tortillas

Directions:

Fry sausage until browned and cook through. Drain off fat. Set aside.

Take cheese and slice it into cubes. Place in a microwave safe bowl. Add tomatoes with chiles. Place in microwave and cook for 30 seconds. Remove and stir. Repeat until cheese is melted. Stir in sausage.

Spread sausage and cheese mixture in a thin layer on the tortillas. Roll tortillas on to themselves. Chill in the refrigerator till cheese mixture is set.

Remove tortilla roll-ups from the refrigerator. Cut tortillas in to slices, about 1/2 an inch wide. Cheese should be set up enough so that it doesn't ooze out when you cut the tortillas.

Place pinwheels on tray and serve immediately or place in the refrigerator until time to serve.

Notes

For a lighter option, try substituting other ingredients like turkey sausage and whole wheat tortillas.

http://www.simplysweethome.com/2017/09/tailgating-tonys-pizza-sausage-cheese-pinwheels/

Do enjoy Friday night football?  Do you have a son who plays for the home team or a daughter who cheers on the sideline?  If so, I’d love to hear how you celebrate and show your home town pride!  Leave a comment on this post or join the discussion on social media.

Also, be sure to check out these fun tailgating ideas!

 

Max Your Tax Refund with Walmart Family Mobile Plus Plan + A Movie Night

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Max Your Tax Refund Wamart Family Mobile

As a family on a budget, we are always looking for ways to save money, and like most working families we look forward to getting that tax refund each year.  Although it’s tempting to blow the money on something crazy, I always like to stretch it out as best as I can.  One way you can get the most out of you tax refund this year is to swap your cell phone service to Walmart Family Mobile.  They offer high quality cell phone service at a price that’s friendly on your wallet.  And when you get the Walmart Family Mobile Plus Plan, you get a free VUDU movie credit each month, making it easy for you to have a fun family movie night at home. [Read more…]

Christmas Party Must-Haves from Oriental Trading

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Christmas is almost here! Many companies, schools, and even families have already celebrated their yearly Christmas party, but there’s still a lot of partying left to go!  Oriental Trading always has a wide of variety of seasonal items to help you create the ultimate party!  I recently received an entire box of Christmas items that could turn any ordinary holiday dinner into something merry and bright! Today I’m going to highlight those items and tell you why I recommend them for your holiday bash!

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Table Decor

I found the cutest plates and napkins (pictured above).  There’s just something about this mix of colors and patterns that make me smile.  They are bright and bold with a touch of the whimsical, and I think they look great for adult or children’s parties.  Also managed to find this polka dot table cloth, featuring pictures of Santa, an elf, rudolph, and a snowman.  I think it goes quite nicely with the plates and napkins.

As you prepare your party today, you need dishes to serve your food.  The Christmas tree, bauble, and snowman trays above come in a set of 12 (4 of each design).  Their cute shapes and colors make them a perfectly festive way of serving up appetizers, snacks, candies, as well as your favorite holiday sides, or even pulled turkey! It’s also an affordable to serve your food in style without spending a lot of fancy serving trays. [Read more…]

Celebrating College Football with Dr Pepper® and HOT POCKETS®

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I love this time of year.  Where I live, the temperatures were in the upper 80s and low 90s throughout September, so it didn’t feel like fall weather, but football season is definitely in the air, and that is a great thing! Dr Pepper®  is a sponsor of college football and the college football championship, and they are teaming up to offer shoppers great deals at Publix for all their football watch party and tailgating party needs.  Since our Saturdays are filled with football, family, and food, I have to keep a lot of drinks and snacks on hand, and I’m always happy to find deals on the snacks we love.  Today I’ll be sharing a few of my ideas for how you can take advantage of these great deals at Publix and make Dr Pepper and Nestle HOT POCKETS® brand sandwiches a part of your football celebration.

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Dr Pepper can be found in the drink aisle at Publix. Be sure to be on the look out for the special limited edition 2016 College Football Packages. Publix also has great deals on HOT POCKETS® and other frozen snacks from Nestle.  Look for these in the freezer section.

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You will be the star of your own football party when you create your very own Dr Pepper Floats Bar.  This is such a fun and delicious idea!  You’ll of course need some and a couple of flavors of ice cream for the main ingredients of the floats.  Here I used French vanilla and butter pecan, but I have to tell you that chocolate ice cream is great for  Dr Pepper  floats as well!

And of course, you will need glassware.  I like to put out a couple of different sizes and types of glasses out, simply because in our family one person may want a large float, while someone else may want just a small serving.  You should also have some toppings and add-ins like chocolate syrup, whipped cream, cherries, and candy toppings.  And if you’d like to give your guests the option of blending their float, you should have a blender or hand blender on hand.

As you can see, it is a very simple, yet nice and presentable set up.

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Apart from floats, I absolutely love blended floats and shakes.  Today I’ve got a very simple recipe for Dr Pepper Shakes.

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Recipe for Dr Pepper Shakes

Ingredients:

1 cup french vanilla ice cream (or other flavor of your choice)

2/3 cup milk

1 tablespoon chocolate syrup

1/2 cup Dr Pepper

splash of Dr Pepper to create foamy top (optional)

Directions:  Blend together ice cream, milk, and chocolate syrup.  Mixture should be pretty thick; if it seems thin, add additional ice cream and reblend.  Next blend in your Dr Pepper.  Pour shake up into a glass and add a splash of Dr Pepper to create foam at the top.

Other Topping Options and Substitutions:

  • Whipped cream and cherry.
  • Whipped cream and a drizzle of chocolate syrup.
  • Whipped cream with chopped candies or sprinkles.
  • You can also leave the chocolate syrup out and go with plain vanilla, or use other syrups like caramel, butterscotch, and strawberry.
  • To change this recipe from a shake to a blended float, leave out the milk and add extra Dr Pepper.

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hot-pockets-bar

Just as the Dr Pepper can be used as part of a float bar, the HOT POCKETS® brand sandwiches can used in a bar of their own.  This works out great for us, because we  like to put out a number of finger foods and snacks so that everyone can come, eat, and go, as they please, and making your own HOT POCKET® is as easy as you can get!

Simply lay out a few of your favorite HOT POCKETS® flavor options.  I love Ham & Cheddar, but the rest of my family love the Cheddar Cheeseburger and the Pepperoni Pizza varieties.

Then add a few dipping sauces to add on the side.  A few suggestions I have are ranch dressing, ketchup, mustard, honey mustard, and barbecue sauce.  You’ll also need some ramekins for your sauce, food plates, and forks.

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In about 2 minutes anyone can fix up their own snack. (That means it can even be done during the commercials!)  And the best part is that you don’t have to spend a lot of time in your kitchen cooking while everyone else is enjoying the games.

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For more fun ideas for the college football season from Dr Pepper and Nestle, check out visit this site.

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Homegating with Skittles® and Printable Football Party Activities

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Homegating with Skittles

My family is so excited about football season being back again! How about you?  Each week of football season, we watch many games, but our favorite thing to watch is college football on Saturdays, and for this, we always like to have a lot of food and snacks on hand!  With football season starting in September and going through and past the New Year, I find it’s important to mix things up and come up with great menu items each week.  For example, we may have pizza and wings one week, and the following week we may have pulled pork sandwiches or hamburgers and hot dog.

But for me, football food doesn’t always have to be about the savory; it can also be about the sweet.  For the sweet, I like everything from fruit and cream cheese dip to cupcakes and cookies, to candy!  For the first Saturday of college football, we had an array of delicious foods to serve, including one of my favorite candies, Skittles®.  Today I’m going to show you some ideas for homegating with Skittles.  I’ll show you how I added Skittles to our party menu, and I’m going to show you how you can use Skittles to bring a little fun to the party! [Read more…]

Pina Colada Dip and Summer Snacking with Outshine® Fruit Bars

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Pina Colada Dip and Summer Snacking with Outshine Fruit Bars

The weather is perfect where I live right now.  I’m so excited to break out my summer clothes and enjoy summer activities, but I’m even more excited to enjoy a little summer snacking.  If you know me, you know that I love nothing more than indulging in sweet treats, especially frozen treats.

 Outshine® Fruit Bars are a frozen treat for the whole family, and Moms can feel good about serving them to kids and enjoying them for themselves.  Today I’m going to tell you a little bit about these yummy frozen treats, and I’ve got a recipe and a sweepstakes for you. Let’s get to it! [Read more…]

Vanilla Hot Chocolate and a Valentine’s Day Hot Chocolate Party

Valentines Day Hot Chocolate Party

Today you are in for a treat…literally!  With the winter season in full swing and Valentine’s Day right around the corner, it is the perfect time to have a Hot Chocolate Party!  Hot Chocolate is a delicious winter time drink, and thus, it is the perfect menu item to put at the centerpiece of a winter gathering for kids or adults.  Today I’m going to show you some simple ideas and tips for putting together a fun and sweet hot chocolate party! [Read more…]

Easy Game Night Meal with Sam’s Club and a FREE Football I Spy Printable

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Sams Pizza Family Deal

It’s been a very interesting football season this year, and we still have a few more BIG games to go! If you follow my blog regularly, you know that we can’t have football without great food!  (Can anyone?)

Recently my husband and I were shopping at Sam’s Club when I discovered the perfect game night meal:  the Sam’s Club Coca-Cola Family Pizza Combo! [Read more…]