Practicing Hospitality During Football Season & Some Delicious Recipes

September 11, 2017

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Oriental Trading.  All opinions expressed are my own and  I only work with companies I love on this blog!

Football great Joe Namath once said, “Football is a honest game.  It’s true to life.  It’s a game about sharing. Football is a team game.  So is life.”‘

Life is a team game, there is no doubt about that.  I’ve seen that more over the last few weeks than I have in the last couple of years as our nation went back and forth during election season.  Our country has been devastated by natural disasters over the last few weeks, but it has been so beautiful to watch neighbors come together.  People from every corner of the country rushing to the destruction, donating money, donating blood, gathering supplies.  There is so much good in this world.

I love a good party.  I like to cook, but hate to waste food.  So, having a gaggle of hungry people around is the perfect scenario for me.  I was so happy to partner up with my favorite, Oriental Trading again to showcase their new line of NFL teams party supplies.  Of course, we had to rep it for the Colts.

Oriental Trading makes hosting easier and more pleasurable than ever.  I’m always disheartened when people say they can host because their house isn’t perfect, they don’t have decorations, or their homes aren’t big enough.  People just want to connect, they don’t care about the little stuff.  I threw together a disposable bash and I’ve even got two simple recipes for you!

Oriental Trading has products in bulk that are affordable and long lasting.  We love every party they make possible in our household.  I was excited to add a little team spirit to our weekend party with their NFL items.  Even if the Colts aren’t your team, I’m sure they’ve got something perfect for you.

So grab a cute serving dish and some plastic plates and bring people together.  The camaraderie that happens during a football game is unlike anything.  Fellowship is one of the greatest parts of football, a little trash talk, a lot of wings, and a touch of ranch dressing.

These party details from Oriental Trading are going to be a hit around here all football season.  My kids LOVED these paper straws, and they are looking mighty cute on a drink cart.  The football shape cups were also a huge crowd favorite.  My favorite detail is by far the football field trays!  I loved putting our food on them for a quick and adorable display. Here’s two recipes for you to enjoy cheaply and happily with your families!

Twice Baked Potatoes: 

6/7 potatoes

1 cup of sour cream

1.5 cups of milk

8 pieces of bacon, I baked mine in the oven and then cut it up.

2 green onions

Optional: cheese, but let’s be honest you want cheese.

Microwave for 13 minutes, let cool, then cut them right down the middle.

scoop out the inside, but leave some to help your potato not crumble apart.

(I threw everything into my Kitchenaid mixer, but if you don’t have one mixing by hand or with a hand mixer will be totally fine!)

preheat oven to 375.

Once everything is mixed up, stuff your potatoes with the mixture.

Bake for 20 minutes.  Enjoy!!!


Baked and Slightly Healthier Wings:

So, I grabbed a big package of fresh wings for 2.99 a lb at the grocery store.

Preheat your oven to 425

Rinse and drain your wings.

In a bowl, mix 1 egg and 1 cup of flour. (I used almond flour)

put each wing in this mixture and then onto a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil.

Bake for 20 minutes.

While these are baking whip your sauce, 7 oz of hot sauce with 1/4 cup of brown sugar.

After the 20 minutes, pull them out and cover them really quickly and toss them back in.

Bake for another 15 and then enjoy!

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This Messy Season is a blog serving families through practical tips for nurturing their families, emphasizing quality time and adventure. Helping young families bloom where they're planted, embrace their mess, and thrive through a series of honest, blog posts highlighting realistic travel tips, favorite products that simplify the work load of families, and family entertainment.

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