Chicken & Waffle Sliders

The recipe I am about to share with you will blow your mind. Whether you can cook or not cook, this is the perfect item for you to make that will be a huge party hit. It is only three ingredients and the most prep work you have to do is drive somewhere in your car and use a toaster oven. Say what?

INGREDIENTS:

  • Chick-Fil-A Chicken Nuggets
  • Eggo Waffle Minis
  • Syrup

DIRECTIONS:

Call your local Chick-Fil-A and order a small party platter or pick up a few orders of chicken nuggets depending on how many you need to make. Toast waffles, place chicken on top, pierce together with a toothpick, and display with bottle of syrup so guests can top themselves. Yep, this is not a joke, it is that easy!

I love to serve these at parties because it is one dish that takes hardly any prep work. I typically heat the chicken nuggets in the oven for a few minutes right before serving. However, they are just good at room temperature.

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DIY Super Bowl Trophy

Everyone is all hearts and Valentine’s Day and I’m over here like footballs and Super Bowl?! While everyone was making their cute Valentine’s this week, I have been up to some Super Bowl crafting. I’ve seen the Super Bowl Trophy DIY floating around Pinterest so I decided to give it a shot. I ended up doing mine a tad differently, here is my process.

Items Needed:

  • Styrofoam Cone
  • Football
  • Metallic Silver Spray Paint
  • Hot Glue Gun

These were actually pretty cheap to make. I found the styrofoam cones at JoAnn Fabrics but they sell them at all the craft stores. I found the 2 different size footballs at the Dollar Tree.

First, using a knife, cut the styrofoam at about a 125 degree angle.

Using your hot glue gun, place a large amount on the styrofoam area you just cut. Immediately place the football on top facing you. You will have to hold the football in place for several minutes to make sure it dries correctly.

After it dries, spray paint with the silver paint and that’s it folks.

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DIY Football Turf Banner

I come from a big football family. I’ve known football my whole life and I’ve attended more football games than I can remember. Seriously, I remember life events based on football season…scary, huh?! I love any type of tailgate or football party… casual yet always fun! I am hosting our second annual Super Bowl Party in a few days and wanted to share with you this fun and easy banner I made. This banner would also be cute for a football or soccer themed birthday party. It is made to resemble turf.

I found all my supplies at Hobby Lobby. You will need:

Unroll the green moss mat until flat, with the backside facing up. I used a pendant stencil and drew the pendants on the back with a sharpie. If you alternate them up and down with no space in between you will get more pendants out of the roll.

Using a scissor, cut out the pendants.

After all the pendants have been cut out, use the alphabet stencils to spell out what you want the banner to say. I did “SUPER BOWL LI” and “CONCESSION STAND” for my party. I recommend using painters tape to tape the stencil down so it doesn’t move while you are painting.

Using the white craft paint and foam brush, dab your paint on to the pendant. Let dry for several hours before removing. You can do a second coat if you want the paint to be a brighter white as the fabric will absorb some of the first layer.

After your letters have been painted, use a single hole punch to punch holes in either side of each pendant. String together with the ribbon.

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Baby Bullis is Brewing!

Two of our dear friends, Meghan & Josh, are expecting their first baby this January. We couldn’t be more excited for them and wanted to celebrate them both. My friend Cassandra and I decided to throw them a surprise couples shower. We were trying to think of an easy place to surprise them at without them being suspicious. We decided on a brewery. Perfect cover for a meeting place to hang out and have some brews. The only downside was for the mama-to-be who obviously can’t drink, but we made sure they had some root beer for her.

Cassandra designed these adorable invitations. If you need a custom invitation designed or would like this one you can email her at brownberrydesigns@gmail.com.

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We decided to stick with the brewery theme for the shower and got creative. For centerpieces, we repurposed some beer bottles as vases and added baby’s breath.

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Cassandra made this amazing diaper cake…some huggies for the mama-to-be and chuggies for the dad-to-be. Yes, she made that custom onesie too that says “Bullis Brewed.’ How cute, right?!

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We wanted to do a few games that would be fun for both the men and women. Our first game was a beer chugging game…out of baby bottles. How appropriate, right? Haha. I found the baby bottles at the Dollar Tree.

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Another game we decided on was Pacifier Pong. Exactly like beer pong, except use pacifiers in lieu of ping pong balls. Only change in game rules: no bouncing, hah!

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A third game we wanted to do was Bobbing for Nipples. Simply fill a metal tub with water and nipples and let the guests who have hopefully had a beer or two by this point have at it.

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We set up a little station for guests to write funny notes to the parents-to-be on diapers. (Side note: the basket is a cheap, plastic dollar store one I spray painted silver.)

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We wanted to add a special touch to the cupcakes to customize the party. I made these bottle cap cupcake toppers with the baby’s monogram.

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And last but not least, we had to do a special party favor. What favor goes better with a brewery theme than a custom koozie? Cassandra made these adorable custom koozies aka “beer diaper” for the guests to remember the celebration. How awesome did they turn out?

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Well that’s a wrap. Cassandra and I had a blast planning this couples baby shower and the parents-to-be had a fun time as well! We can’t wait to meet our newest buddy, little JDB!

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How to throw together a last minute outdoor party

It’s that time of year again! Warm weather and sunshine means cookouts, barbecues and all things outdoor. I always feel like summer comes and goes way too quickly so I try to take advantage of the beautiful weather and do a lot of hosting this time of year.

I am all about being the hostess with the mostest and pulling out all the stops for guests, but sometimes, it is a lot of work. And sometimes, the host just want to sit back and relax. I am a firm believer in your guests only have a good time if you the host are having a good time. It can be very easy to get caught up in the details.  But at the end of the day, I think that your guests would much rather you be present in the moment with them. My biggest tip for any hosting is do all your prep work before-hand.  Also, don’t be afraid to ask guests bring a beverage and/or side dish. It is much easier to host when everyone pitches in. Below is a  quick check-list on how to throw together a last-minute outdoor party

1.) Set a theme. It is easy to create a last-minute theme using either a color or cuisine. Making mexican? Create a fiesta theme with bright colors. Having a barbecue? Pick a red and white picnic color scheme. Having a Luau? Grab some tiki torches and coconuts.

2). Buy matching plates, napkins, cups, and straws.. Stick with your theme or color scheme. I can almost always find these at the dollar store. Keep it simple though and make one stop for these. Don’t stress yourself out running all over town trying to find matching items. The dollar store typically has party supplies in every color.

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3.) Set up a specific food/drink serving area. Use a designated counter, your dining table, or set up an additional table to create a designated area. This makes it easier for guests to help themselves and also looks nice decorated with a theme.

4.) Use matching serving platters. I keep my serving ware in neutral colors so they go with anything. I have nice white ceramic plates for indoor hosting and tin for outdoor hosting. The nice part about having neutral entertaining ware is you can mix and match it. If you don’t have a nice set of matching entertaining ware, the dollar store always has clear plastic platters and bowls. You can’t go wrong with clear plastic!

5.) Fill a drink dispenser with a fun alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink. Lemon/Cucumber/Mint water is always a good nonalcoholic option. There are multiple recipes for alcoholic drinks out there – but go for a pretty display using fruit, berries, and leaves.

6.) Use fun drinking glasses. I keep a set of 24 mason jars on hand for this purpose. Drinks in mason jars are always cute. Margarita glasses, wine glasses or even patterned paper cups always add an extra touch when hosting. Don’t forget your straws, umbrellas, or other drink garnishes.

7.) Use a chalkboard. I always keep a small chalkboard on hand for hosting purposes. Write something on it that has to do with the theme, food, beverage, whatever your heart desires. The chalkboard adds a coordinated touch to the party.

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8.) Keep your food and drinking aligned with the theme. If you are hosting a fiesta, let guests know to bring a mexican-inspired dish and make margaritas for your drink. Having a luau? Grab some Hawaiian beer to serve with your Kalua pork. Always make sure your food and beverage align with your theme.

9.) Create the ambience. Put a Pandora station on your sound system that goes with your theme. Light candles, lanterns, and tiki torches prior to guests arriving. Make sure your home is tidy and clean. And don’t forget to karate chop those throw pillows!

 

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